“Whatever your forbidden territory is, I encourage you to visit it with curiosity and attention.”

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Mini-Syllabus: Writing the Forbidden—Jennifer Tseng, ENTROPY

In the spirit of my new collection The Passion of Woo & Isolde (Rose Metal Press, 2017), I’m sharing material from my “Writing the Forbidden” class, of which I teach poetry, fiction, and mixed genre versions. The following “mini-syllabus” amounts to a list of some of my favorite “forbidden” books.

Writing the Forbidden

In this class you will work to produce a piece 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.


Summary for the week ending Oct 15, 2017