1 Session via Zoom
Out of stock
Saturday, 1:00 pm EST - 5:30 pm EST November 21, 2020
How do we take the sprawl of our lives and distill the right moments to deliver that umph of the most effective stories? How do we magnify the electricity in the mundane? This generative workshop will focus on isolation and compression, on finding narrative “heat” and unexpected pathways through our memories, our selves, and all the selves we’ve been.
We will discuss structures and strategies one uses to render work inspired by our own experiences and the compromises and thrills that come with that responsibility. The scaffolding behind published works will serve as blueprints and gateways for generative writing exercises.
Capacity: 20 students
This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.
T Kira Madden
T Kira Madden
T Kira Mahealani Madden is a writer, photographer, and amateur magician. A recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Tin House, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo, she serves as the founding editor-in-chief of No Tokens, a magazine of literature and art. Her fiction and nonfiction has been featured in Harper’s, New York magazine, and others, and she is the author of the 2019 New York Times Editors’ Choice memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the LAMBDA Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir. She teaches multi-genre writing workshops in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.
By T Kira Madden
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls
By T Kira Madden
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing
Acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden’s raw and redemptive debut memoir is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where she found cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hiding in plain sight.
As a child, Madden lived a life of extravagance, from her exclusive private school to her equestrian trophies and designer shoe-brand name. But under the surface was a wild instability. The only child of parents continually battling drug and alcohol addictions, Madden confronted her environment alone. Facing a culture of assault and objectification, she found lifelines in the desperately loving friendships of fatherless girls.
With unflinching honesty and lyrical prose, spanning from 1960s Hawai’i to the present-day struggle of a young woman mourning the loss of a father while unearthing truths that reframe her reality, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is equal parts eulogy and love letter. It’s a story about trauma and forgiveness, about families of blood and affinity, both lost and found, unmade and rebuilt, crooked and beautiful.
About this series
We strive to make our classes the most inviting and rewarding available, offering an intimate environment to study with award-winning, world-class writers. Each class is specially designed by the instructor, so whether you’re a fledgling writer or an MFA graduate polishing your novel, you’ll find a perfect fit here.
Experimental Writing for Non-Experimental Writers with Porochista Khakpour (Sold Out)$150
Saturday & Sunday 2:00 pm EST - 5:00 pm EST December 5 to December 6, 2020
Beyond the Tropes: Race and African American Character in Speculative Fiction with Marc L Abbott
Three Sessions via Zoom Sundays, 12:00 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST January 10 to March 7, 2021
Virginia Woolf: Modernist Master with Anne E. Fernald (Sold Out)
Four Sessions via Zoom Mondays, 6:00 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST January 11 to April 12, 2021
Members Only: The LiterariansFree
Wednesday, 12:30 pm EST - 2:00 pm EST January 13, 2021
Joyce Before Ulysses: Exploring Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man with William Mottolese (Sold Out)
Four Sessions via Zoom Thursdays, 6:00 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST January 21 to April 22, 2021