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Cooper Street Workshop: Writing About Your Immigrant Experience (Zoom)

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writing About Your Immigrant Experience is a sequence of two, two-hour long writing workshops on April 2 and April 9.

This workshop seeks to encourage and empower participants to share their immigrant and refugee stories, whether they are first-generation immigrants, or those whose families came here a long time ago. We will discuss some tropes and myths related to writing about the immigrant experience, and read short passages by contemporary authors, including Aleksandar Hemon, Min Jin Lee, Nadia Owusu, Elif Shafak, Safiya Sinclair, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Javier Zamora. The class will focus on creative non-fiction/memoir/personal essays, and will allow time for generative writing. The workshop will strive to help participants produce ideas for personal essays, give them tools to start drafting them, and provide input on where they could pitch their stories. Participants will walk away with a resource document containing a worksheet, a list of books by immigrant authors, and suggestions for outlets to follow and pitch personal essays to.