You want to write about what moves you. For example climate change, your mother or the community you are part of. You want to put into words what deserves more visibility. But how do you start such a text? What do you need for it? Which text form do you choose? How do you process the obtained information?
What will we do?
In this course we are going to dive deeper into your story. What do you stand for? We will write, collect information, handle story forms, rewrite and compile. Most of the writing will be done in class, but there will also be some homework.
At the end of the course, you will have written a booklet that gives a small glimpse into your world. Something that you can present, add to your bookcase, but might also be a prelude to your own poetry collection. You are welcome to join with writing experience, but it is not absolutely necessary.
About the teacher
Why do I want to do this with you? For the past two years, I have been working with an illustrator to create a book that contains personal stories of queer role models. The stories are written in the form of poetry (I am a poet/spoken word artist) and I had the opportunity to interview most of the role models. We started this project because we find representation and visibility of and for the queer community very important. But of course, this applies to us as well. I think everyone has a story that deserves to be told. What is yours?