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Writing from life can be a tricky business. There are people to protect, faulty memories of events, and the pitfalls of self-censorship and self-aggrandizement. In this workshop, we will employ techniques of poetry and fiction to create works of Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction. Through original writing exercises, we will learn literary techniques including character, dialogue, setting and story arc. In our writing, we will draw upon both the truths and lies of our experience because our lives are too rich not to write about and our imaginations are too strong to ignore. All levels of writers are welcome.
Bushra Rehman‘s mother says Bushra was born in an ambulance flying through the streets of Brooklyn. Her father is not so sure, but it would explain a few things. Bushra was a vagabond poet who traveled for years with nothing more than a greyhound ticket and a bookbag full of poems. She co-edited Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism, a seminal work on women of color and feminism. Colonize This! was recently included in Ms. Magazine’s “100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.” Bushra’s poems, stories and essays have been featured on BBC Radio 4, WNYC and KPFA and in the New York Times, India Currents, The Feminist Wire, Crab Orchard Review, Sepia Mutiny, Color Lines, and Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America. Bushra’s first novel Corona is forthcoming through Sibling Rivalry Press.