Fostering a public writing & storytelling culture

9 AM  | WEDNESDAY, 24 APRIL 2024

In many mainstream literature, art and film, we encounter LGBTQIA+characters as one-dimensional caricatures and not complex beings. Part of the problem could be that many of these narratives are created by folks who do not identify as being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, but more importantly, there is a dire need for a diverse range of stories from within the queer community in Nepal. What feels crucial at this time is to seek, listen to, read and nurture queer writers.

This day-long workshop, A Room Of One’s Own, is a creative writing primer designed for queer writers who want to write but perhaps don’t know where to begin, or who are looking for a supportive community to write with. This workshop is inspired by and an extension of the writing residency of the same name held in December of 2022. Then, six writers were selected from a large pool of applicants to write together for 10-days and create a DIY zine of twenty-two original works of poetry and prose.