A project of Brooklyn Historical Society

Racial Realities: Writing about Race in the First Person

Event Date:

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 11:00am

Let’s explore “the originality of origin—how no one person comes from exactly the same place in exactly the same way.” – Svetlana Kitto

Join writer & oral historian, Svetlana Kitto, for a literature and writing workshop focusing on fiction, memoir, oral history, and essay forms that reflect experiences of race and identity. You’ll read first-person narratives from a variety of historical periods and cultural perspectives, and use them as a model to write and discuss your own complex points-of-view at this historical moment. Readings will include Sherman Alexie, Teju Cole, Walter Benjamin, Moshin Hamid, Dave Eggers, Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, Jean Rhys, and Cherrie Moraga, among others. Active participation is key and will require completion of critical and creative writing assignments.

8 workshop sessions: Saturdays, March 16 – May 4, 2013

11:00AM – 1:00PM
$300 sliding scale fee

Workshop is limited to 12 participants