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Creative Nonfiction Intensive/In-Person 2024-202

Course #2024-202
Saturday September 21 1:30 pm–4:30 pm & Sunday, September 22, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost: $150 Instructor: Maha Ahmed

Where

Inprint

This is an in-person workshop that takes place at Inprint House.

Every Night is Girls’ Night: Feminist Aesthetics in Narrative

Now women return from afar, from always: from ‘without,’ from the heath where witches are kept alive; from below, from beyond...

-Hélène Cixous, “The Laughing Medusa.”

This creative nonfiction class will ask: what does it mean to write about and towards women’s freedom? How can we write through pain, inflicted by heteronormative patriarchy, and transform it into art? How can our work reconsider certain aesthetics in order to reclaim feminism in a liberatory form? How do we approach the feminine not as gender, but as a way of being? This creative nonfiction class will exist in the space of the “below” and “beyond,” following Cixous’s proclamation that the feminine impulse is to resist death and make trouble. This class is open to people of all genders! Our writing will respond to the feminine both materially and abstractly, so this workshop will be a safe space for people of all genders to investigate and practice a feminist aesthetic.

Texts we will use as models and inspiration to write our own work will include, among others: Females by Andrea Long Chu; Ladies Lazarus Piper J. Daniels; Sister Outsider Audre Lorde.

About the Instructor

MAHA AHMED is an Egyptian-American writer and translator. She is a Creative Writing PhD candidate at the University of Houston. She is a recipient of the 2021 Inprint Nina and Michael Zilkha Fellowship and winner of the 2023 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Sonora Review, Grist, The Adroit Journal, 580 Split, Rusted Radishes, The Recluse, and elsewhere. Her critical and creative work explores the Arab-American diaspora and the avant-garde. She edits poetry for the Beirut-based literary journal Rusted Radishes.

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