Racial Realities: Writing about Race in the First Person | Loving Day

Racial Realities: Writing about Race in the First Person

When and Where is the Event?

Date and Time: 
03/11/2013 - 11:00am to 05/04/2013 - 1:00pm
Brooklyn Historical Society
Address Line 1: 
128 Pierrepont St
Address Line 2: 
Othmer Library
Province/Region/State (if you are outside of the U.S.A.): 
State (if you are in the U.S.A): 
New York
United States

Event Details

Hosted By: 
Brooklyn Historical Society
Ticket or RSVP Requirements: 
Advance tickets required
(718) 222-4111 x233

Let’s explore "the originality of origin—how no one person comes from exactly the same place in exactly the same way." - Svetlana Kitto

Join writer & oral historian, Svetlana Kitto, for a literature and writing workshop focusing on fiction, memoir, oral history, and essay forms that reflect experiences of race and identity. You’ll read first-person narratives from a variety of historical periods and cultural perspectives, and use them as a model to write and discuss your own complex points-of-view at this historical moment. Readings will include Sherman Alexie, Teju Cole, Walter Benjamin, Moshin Hamid, Dave Eggers, Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, Jean Rhys, and Cherrie Moraga, among others. Active participation is key and will require completion of critical and creative writing assignments.

8 workshop sessions: Saturdays, March 16 – May 4, 2013

11:00AM - 1:00PM
The cost of the workshop is on a sliding scale. The recommended fee is $100 - 300. No one will be excluded due to lack of funds.

Workshop is limited to 12 participants


This event is part of Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, an oral history project and public programming series, examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity in the historically diverse borough of Brooklyn.

Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations is a project of the Brooklyn Historical Society which builds upon BHS's oral history collections. Begun in 1973, the oral history collections contain interviews with more than 800 narrators and are available for listening in the Othmer Library.

Through sharing stories, we open up intergenerational conversations about preserving cultural heritage in a multicultural democracy.