Coming Out Narrative: A Creative Non-Fiction Craft Workshop

Friday, October 23, 2020 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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National Coming Out Day is a day when we celebrate the visibility of LGBTQ+ people sharing our stories and a day we pause to think about those who aren’t yet ready or able to come out. Is “coming out” the essential queer experience that it once was? Or with younger generations more likely to identify as queer and identify as queer earlier in life, will the old paradigm of the closet evaporate for good? However you come down on the closet—or whether or not you’ve come out of it!—this workshop will provide a space to write about queer identities and consider the ways we perform them for ourselves and for others. Coming out can be a celebration, but it can also be anxiety-producing, awkward, or even dangerous. Join lecturer Chris Belcher from the USC Writing Program for this two session experience: Week 1 (Oct 9) of the workshop will provide writing prompts and exercises to help you craft your own coming out narrative; Week 2 (Oct 23) you may return to share the story you’ve written, or keep it for yourself. There will be no pressure to read, only space to reflect and support one another.

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