Writing the Taboo Registration

In the hands-on workshop, we’ll explore a variety of taboo topics. We’ll look at how brilliant writers have delved into material that was forbidden for their place and time, and then work through a series of exercises designed to push you into challenging places.

1 Session (2.5 hours)
November 19, 2022
Saturday, 10:30 – 12:30 PM CST
Format: Zoom
Instructor: Mary Anne Mohanraj
Price: $60 (discounted rates for certain tiers of SLF membership)
Number of Students: 30

Full Course Description

Dorothy Allison suggests (in her book Skin: Talking about Sex, Class, and Literature) that the best writing happens when one is terrified, and writes through the fear. That’s great advice, but the question is *how* does one write through the fear? It’s often frightening when you’re trying write about subject matter that is in some manner taboo: material that violates social norms, that might upset family members, or that is simply personally difficult to confront.

In the hands-on workshop, we’ll explore a variety of taboo topics. We’ll look at how brilliant writers have delved into material that was forbidden for their place and time (some of which might seem quite tame by today’s standards), and then work through a series of exercises designed to push you into challenging places.

At the end of the session, you should have some tools to lead you to stronger, braver work that takes more risks. Maybe it’ll challenge your audience too! Important note: You won’t be required to share this work with anyone, though I may ask for volunteers to read bits of what they’ve written.

Non SLF members: $60

Neutrino %5 discount: $57

Electron %10 discount: $54

Quark %15 discount: $51

Proton %20 discount: $48

Atom %25 discount: $45

Want a discount on all future SLF courses? You can become a member here. Discounts are sent out in email form, so if you are a member and haven’t received one for this course, email us at membership@speclit.org.

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