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Trauma in Sci Fi , Fiction, and Memoir (with Mel Gayle and Sarah Mangle)

July 14, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This workshop focuses on the writing and reading of trauma in fiction and creative memoir, focusing specifically on grief and intergenerational violence. This workshop considers trauma to be the result of systemic oppression, racism and colonization and class based struggles. We will look specifically at writing by Toni Cade Bambara, James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and Toni Morrison. We have made the very deliberate choice to focus on beautiful and brilliant texts which are all written by people of colour, some of whom are queer and some of whom are disabled, not creating a unified voice, because these writers should not all be lumped together, but providing an opportunity to read a variety of perspectives, styles and opinions.

In the workshop, we will discuss:
– As readers and writers, how does fiction and creative memoir relieve us, inspire us, heal us, and create sites of recognition?
– What speaks to us in these texts? Why?
– Resistance, documenting political/tragic moments, how to capture emotional depth.
– Writing and reading as a political process as well as a process of collective healing.
– Writing and reading strategies.

There will be group discussion, time to read and write, discussion of readings provided, and discussions on our personal practices of reading and writing. We will make pdfs of the readings available before the workshop, and have photocopied copies available at the workshop.

Mel Gayle is a queer Black disabled sometimes femme. She is a poet, student, and community activist.
Sarah Mangle is a white, queer, writer, zine maker, artist, curator, party planner and performer.

Monday July 14 6-9pm      University Centre room 441


July 14, 2014
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Guelph Summer Institute


University of Guelph
50 Stone Rd. E
Guelph, Ontario Canada
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