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Ménage à Trois: Reimagining the Relationship Between Writer, Character, and Reader

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Tuesday
Feb 7
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Feb 7
7:00 - 9:00 PM CT
INSTRUCTOR:
Loie Rawding
LOCATION:
The Porch House at 2811 Dogwood Pl., Nashville, TN 37204
$
45
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50
FOR non-MEMBERS
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What does it actually mean when someone tells you to listen to your character? At what point should you consider your audience? This seminar will explore the essential and intimate bond between writer, character, and reader by rejecting the constructs of institutional, heteronormative literature. We will discuss the radical philosophies of Audre Lorde and Melissa Febos; as well as literary examples from Natalie Diaz and Akwaeke Emezi, among others. We will experiment with writing exercises designed to push past our personal boundaries and to generate new work that reimagines the connection between our lives, our craft, and our desired audience. Any sharing is voluntary. All genres are welcome.

Loie Rawding grew up on the coast of Maine, which remains a complex site and source for her writing. Her debut novel, Tight Little Vocal Cords (KERNPUNKT), was a Finalist for the Big Other Book Awards and a Lambda Literary Most Anticipated Book of 2020. Other work has been featured internationally in SAND, The Ekphrastic Review, 3:AM Magazine, The Wanderer, and The Critical Flame, among others. In addition to teaching at The Porch, Loie is a creative mentor, editor, and book reviewer. She lives in East Nashville. Find her at: www.loierawding.com

What Our Students Say

“Loie was a terrific instructor. She built a strong rapport immediately with her students and led reflective discussions. Her written reviews are thorough and it is clear she puts a significant amount of time into the organization of the class. I was inspired and challenged by her comments and with each session.”

“Loie was wonderful. She treated everyone's work with equal seriousness and insight, fostered a supportive atmosphere among the group, and really motivated us to do our best work. I'll absolutely recommend her classes to others.”

“Loie is so supportive. She forced us all to really dig deep into what story we were all trying to tell in our first drafts. I’m thankful for all the feedback and advice on how to pursue publishing that she was able to offer. I’d love to take another class from her again!”

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