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Melissa Febos’ Girlhood: Writing Against Patriarchy

Intermediate | Each week, we’ll read an essay from Melissa Febos’s new memoir-in-essays, Girlhood, and use her work as a basis for drafting our own essays about experiences of gender, sexuality, and embodiment. We’ll focus on how she uses writing as an anti-patriarchal tool, a tool for self-revision. We’ll use free-writing, imitation exercises, interviews, and revision exercises to draft a personal essay.

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Instructor: Kaelie Giffel

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 02/01/2022

End Date: 02/22/2022

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 1:10 pm – 3:10 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Kaelie Giffel

Kaelie Giffel is a writer, labor organizer and teacher, formerly based in Seattle, WA. Now, she is living in Durham, NC. Kaelie is working on a dissertation that blends literary criticism and memoir to critique contemporary patriarchy and capitalism. Kaelie has received fellowships to support her research, dissertation, and collaborative work with community colleges in Seattle. She has been published in academic and online venues, including Twentieth-Century Literature and Reimagining the PhD. She has previously taught at the University of South Carolina and the University of Washington where she received teaching awards for her writing courses. She currently works as a sexual harassment prevention training specialist with University of Washington’s Empowering Prevention and Inclusive Communities (EPIC), where she develops curriculum to empower workers against harassment. Her teaching style is trauma-informed and strengths-based, focusing on the knowledge students bring in and how best to help them build their writing projects.

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