Writing the Forbidden

Writing the Forbidden

Jennifer Tseng
February 5 to March 2, 2018
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4-Week Workshop

In this four-week class you will work to produce pieces of forbidden writing. What’s forbidden to one writer may not be forbidden to another. Some feel forbidden to write about emotions (i.e. anger, happiness etc.) or circumstances (i.e. trauma, ecstasy, poverty, wealth, sexuality, aging, mental illness, family secrets etc.); some feel forbidden to write about people different than themselves; for others, certain forms are forbidden. Whatever your forbidden territory is, I encourage you to visit it with curiosity and attention. We will proceed as a group of risk-takers together, none of us traveling to precisely the same place, but all of us keeping one another company on the journey. I will emphasize intuitive methods and ask you to cleave to what makes your secret heart beat faster. Readings, prompts, and exercises will be provided. At the end of the course, you will receive a detailed, written response to your work. Everyone welcome.


JENNIFER TSENG is the author of two award-winning poetry books, The Man With My Face (AAWW 2005) and Red Flower, White Flower (Marick Press 2013), and a novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions 2015). MAYUMI has been featured in the Boston GlobeLA TimesHuffington PostElle, and Financial Times. A finalist for the New England Book Award and shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, it has been translated into Italian and is forthcoming in Danish. Tseng is currently at work on a book of poems and a novel.

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