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Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 to 8:30, QUEER LIVES IN PRINT: WRITING SHORT MEMOIRS, second of two writing workshops with Hal W. Lanse, PhD

This is the second of two guided sessions for queer folks who want to write memoirs. The instructor’s goal is to collect enough pieces over a year or so to include in an anthology to be published be Queer Street Books, Inc. Participants will need to bring pen and paper or an electronic device on which they can write. About the instructor: Hal W. Lanse, PhD is an author, educator and literacy coach. His education book Read Well, Think Well (Adams Media) was hot-listed on Amazon.com. His book The Rainbow Curriculum (Queer Street Books) is designed for educators who want to teach queer history to adolescents. Dr. Lanse will host two more sessions on Tuesdays, February 12 and 26.

Session One

I. Reading from Cures by Martin Duberman

II. Generating ideas: Map of the heart

III. Literature timelines: Developing focused writing

IV. Independent writing

V. Sharing:

i. I liked…

ii. I’d like to see more of…

iii. A technique you might try in a particular spot is…

o Sensory experiences

o Dialogue

o Direct thought

o Epistolary writing

Session Two

I. Reading from Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

II. Independent writing (“I was shocked when…” or

“There was an unexpected turn of events when…”)

III. Task: Include direct thought

IV. Sharing:

V. Sharing:

i. I liked…

ii. I’d like to see more of…

iii. A technique you might try in a particular spot is…

o Sensory experiences

o Dialogue

o Direct thought

o Epistolary writing

 

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