The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2019

Conference Schedule 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Ambiguity: Challenging Gender Stereotypes In Literary Fiction with Sarah Leamy

Date(s): Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Basha, Old Main (view map)
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, LGBTQIA, Mixed Genre
Tags: Gender, Stereotypes, Masculinity, Femininity

About the Session

Is there such a thing as a genderless narrator? Why is it so instinctive to place and categorize each other by sex (female/ male) and gender roles (masculine or feminine attributes)? How do we read fiction when these socially constructed markers are missing? And why should we? To be inclusive? To allow gender-nonconforming readers to be represented in literature? To focus on the common experiences without the social constraints of gender roles? Using examples from Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson, this session will look at the ways Winterson crafted an unnamed, ungendered narrator in her novella. Participants will receive specific examples, craft techniques, personal anecdotes. The group will look at quotes from Winterson's book as well as others, and talk about biases, filters, assumptions and discuss the ways we can write characters for all to connect and empathize with.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019 Sarah Leamy
Wanderlust: A Travel Journal, publishes literary explorations of people and place with writers and readers from all over the world.
Wild Dog Press is our sister company, an indie press that published the Best of 2019 and Best of 2020 Anthologies. This micro-press is now actively seeking manuscripts of personal travelogues. http://www
Sarah Leamy is the founder and managing editor of both projects. She is also an award-winning novelist, travel writer, and photographer/illustrator. She teaches creative writing workshops with a focus on queer and androgynous voices as well as presenting at Overland Expo events on the Art of Solo Travels.