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Creative Writing from Queer Resistance

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:30 PM - Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 8:30 PM (EDT)

Creative Writing from Queer Resistance

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Creative Writing from Queer Resistance

8 Tuesday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

October 23, 2018 - December 11, 2018

APPLICATION: Deadline October 9, 2018.
SLIDING SCALE:  $40 – $160 (To be determined by each participant and to be paid after attending the first meeting.)

**No one turned away for lack of funds**


This creative writing workshop offers a space for writers of all levels (from beginning to experienced) to support and learn from each other in writing for social justice. We will read works by LGBT and queer authors from various time periods, communities, and movements in order to take inspiration from their content and craft. What can we learn from works by writers such as James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldua, Sarah Schulman, Gil Cuadros, David Wojnarowicz, Kate Bornstein, Ryka Aoki, Roxane Gay -- and others to be determined by the interests of the group --  to inform our rage, to analyze our responses and/or to create new narratives to celebrate and empower our communities? Our goal is to write short personal essays, short stories, poems, and/or hybrid texts that challenge, resist, and subvert homophobia, transphobia, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, etc., at this political and cultural moment. Discussions and interactive exercises will lead to writing prompts that we'll do together and during the week. Short drafts will be critiqued through a productive process. A reading of new work by workshop members will take place at the museum on December 18.

Membership will be capped at 15 participants. Application deadline: October 9th.  Applicants will be notified by October 14th: please apply with an email that you check regularly.


Nancy Agabian is a writer, teacher, and literary organizer, working in the spaces between race, ethnicity, cultural identity, feminism and queer identity. She is the author of Princess Freak, a poetry and performance text collection, and Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter, a memoir which was honored as a Lambda Literary Award finalist for LGBT Nonfiction and shortlisted for a William Saroyan International Prize. Nancy has also written and performed several autobiographical one-woman shows, which have been presented internationally. Her novel manuscript “The Fear of Large and Small Nations” was recently a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially-Engaged fiction.Nancy is an award-winning teacher with 20 years of experience working in community. She also teaches creative writing at New York University.

For more information, please email Nancy Agabian at

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Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10013

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:30 PM - Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 8:30 PM (EDT)

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Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Created by our founders to preserve LGBTQ identity and build community, the Leslie-Lohman Museum acts as a cultural hub by aspiring to reclaim scholarship from a queer perspective, to provide a training ground for queer artists and cultural workers, and to examine the juxtaposition between art and social justice in ways that provoke thought and dialogue.


The Museum is the only dedicated art museum in the world to exhibit and preserve artwork that speaks about the LGBTQ experience. Our roots trace back to 1969 when Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman held an exhibit of gay artists for the first time in their SoHo loft. Throughout the 1970s, they continued to collect and exhibit gay artists while supporting the SoHo art community. During the AIDS pandemic of the 1980s, the collection continued to grow as they rescued the work of dying artists from families who, out of shame or ignorance, wanted to destroy it.  This led to the formation of the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation in 1987. In recognition of its importance in the collection and preservation of LGBTQ history, the organization was accredited as a museum in 2016. With a collection of over 30,000 objects, the Museum hosts six major exhibitions annually, offers several public programs throughout the year, publishes an arts newsletter, and maintains a research library of over 3,000 volumes. The Museum embraces the rich creative history of the LGBTQ art community by educating, informing, inspiring, entertaining, and challenging all who enter its doors.


Located at 26 Wooster Street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $9. Open Wed-Sun, 12-6 pm, and Thurs, 12-8 pm. The Museum is a nonprofit organization and is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)3 of the IRS

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