Summer Workshop Program 2023
Self-censorship is pervasive for LGBTQ+ writers, whether we are considering being out at work or addressing intergenerational trauma. How can we recuperate what we have hidden even from ourselves — much less others — as we set out to write fiction, and how can we write about it meaningfully, without harming or re-traumatizing ourselves or others? A works in progress workshop for those who are trying to overcome old and new internal and external censors.
Students should bring to class an excerpt of something that they feel they can’t publish or can’t finish. 20 pages max.
Alexander Chee is the bestselling author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, as well as the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel. A contributing editor at The New Republic, his essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, The Sewanee Review, and he is the editor of Best American Essays 2022. He is a 2021 United States Artists Fellow, a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction, and the recipient of a Whiting Award and a NEA Fellowship. He teaches as an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.