Complex Characters: Writing Against Gender Type

Complex Characters: Writing Against Gender Type

from 50.00

Literary fiction has no shortage of stereotypes of women, femme, and nonbinary characters, especially as they intersect with race, sexual orientation, class, and disability. This workshop is for any writer who is tired of seeing these same tired tropes and wants to create nuanced characters with agency, strength, and vitality, as well as vulnerability and depth of emotion. We’ll explore the complexities and challenges of writing against gender types and norms, questions of audience, and that old haunt of creative writing workshops: “likeability.” During this workshop, we’ll read story and novel excerpts, generate new writing in response to prompts, and have time for discussion and sharing work. 


  • Instructor: Anna Silverstein
  • Length of workshop: 3 hours
  • Date: Sunday, October 29
  • Time: 2 - 5 p.m. 
  • Cost: $50 members; $55 non-members
  • Location: Refinery Nashville
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About the Instructor:

Anna Silverstein was born in Boston and moved to Nashville four years ago. She has an MFA from Vanderbilt University, and was the 2015-16 Creative Writing Fellow at the Curb Center. Previous classes with the Porch include Writing as Resistance, Healing through Writing and creative writing workshops for immigrants and refugees. She is also a teaching artist for Southern Word and works on two Nashville organic farms. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in Salt Hill, Afro-Hispanic Review, New Delta Review, Gravel, and Overtime.