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Conference Schedule 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For Us By Us But How with Brian Lin

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thoren, University Club (view map)
Conversation, Craft Talk, Discussion, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Criticism, Gender, LGBTQIA, Race, Sexuality, Short Stories, Social Justice
Tags: Queerness, Workshops, Gaze

About the Session

The more specific the story, the more universal its reach‚ or so the adage goes. As queer people of color, however, the people we write for and about are rarely in the workshop or on the masthead. How do we write the stories only we can tell when educational and editorial spaces do not reflect us? In this session, participants will discuss notions of audience that nourish our work; craft decisions that de-center a white straight gaze; and strategies for navigating feedback from people we're not legible to, especially when they hold power. We will draw on craft essays, fiction, and interviews with writers of color and will walk away with frameworks, tools, and coping mechanisms that strengthen our work. 

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Brian Lin

Brian Lin is a Ph.D. student in the creative writing and literature program at USC. He has participated in the Tin House Summer Workshop and the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. Fiction editor for Apogee Journal and community outreach coordinator for The Offing, Lin is also working on a novel and a short story collection.