How do Black writers create subjects or narrators with agency? How do we, as writers, create fully rendered narrators and characters who can imagine and describe their particular worlds? How do we take our characters from being plot devices that serve stories to being served by stories that reflect their full humanity?

This six-week class will invite students to use the narrative techniques Black writers use to center the experiences and voices of their characters. During weekly virtual classes via Google Meet, students will read the work of Black writers and identify narrative techniques to use in their weekly exercises. The reading of student work and offering of feedback will happen in class.

Open to new and returning Writers Studio students.


Writer Studio Teacher & Executive Director

Lucinda Holt

Lucinda (she/her) is The Writers Studio's Executive Director. For 15 years, she edited Sex, Etc., a national sexual health magazine and website written by teens for teens. Her work has appeared in the anthology What Your Mama Never Told You as well as The Writers Studio at 30. Her flash fiction story "How You Sleep at Night" was shortlisted for the 2022 Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest. She is currently at work on a novel.

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