“Foundations of Fiction,” but make it gay. This is a course that cares deeply about craft, and together we’ll study elements that make up good prose: character, setting, detail, point of view, voice, dialogue, and narrative structure. This is also a course that centers the experiences and stories of LGBTQIA+ writers, such as Roxane Gay, Garth Greenwell, Randa Jarrar, Carmen Maria Machado, Torrey Peters, Brandon Taylor, and Tommy Pico. Through weekly hands-on exercises and experiments, we’ll go beyond the rules of the traditional short story and make room for queerness across genres—think television, podcasts, essays, hybrid forms! All of this is in service to your fiction writing, which we’ll workshop together in a supportive environment. While this workshop is designed to center LGBTQIA+ perspectives, all writers are welcome.
Eliana Ramage is a Cherokee Nation citizen born and raised in Nashville, where she works with youth in college access at the Oasis Center. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2018, and holds an MA in creative writing from Bar-Ilan University and a BA in English literature from Dartmouth College. Her stories and essays have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, The Baltimore Review, CRAFT, and the anthologies All the Women in My Family Sing and Re(Sisters). She is at work on her first novel.
Eliana is new to The Porch. Welcome!