As anyone crafts a story, it is important to keep in mind the limits of our own understanding and question how to respectfully navigate various intersections of identity. Many writers believe that perspective should not be limited by one’s own identity as they write, but struggle when it comes to writing identities outside of their own. In this workshop, we will raise questions considered pertinent to this issue, with the intention of opening up to wider inquiry.
How do notions of artistic freedom come into conflict with dismantling systems of harmful portrayal? How can we grapple with the complexities of writing across identity and generate guidelines which stimulates rather than restricts our abilities as artists?
All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join Juliet Estremera Lacey and Saria Rosenhaj as they facilitate this workshop. They plan to pose questions which they will speak to and then open to discussion. Some of these questions include: What makes writing across identity ethically difficult? Why do we write across identity? How does our understanding of "blanket freedom" in art reinforce hegemonic structures? They will also guide participants through exercises to consider what it means to write creatively through perspectives known and less known to the writers themselves.