Join Reading Queer and Jan Becker for “WRITING BOOTCAMP FOR QUEER WRITERS” at the Hôtel Gaythering-South Beach Saturday & Sunday, March 28th & 29th from 2 – 5 pm.

Get your writing boots on!

On March 28th (Saturday) and 29th (Sunday), join Jan Becker for “WRITING BOOTCAMP FOR QUEER WRITERS,” an intensive prompt-driven poetry and flash non-fiction workshop. The term ‘boot camp’ may sound intimidating, but the only real order is, “permission to write freely.”

This two-day workshop is designed to free writers from their individual closets and get their words down on the page. The fast-paced writing prompts will help disengage writers from the nagging, negative voice that plagues and prevents us from accessing what poet Maria Mazziotti-Gillan calls “the wise person who lives within our bellies.”Workshop participants will need to provide their own writing instruments and paper.

*Join us Sunday after the workshop at the Hotel Gaythering Bar for cocktails and to read from your work. All writers–regardless of sexual identification, writing experience, or how many push ups you can do–are welcome. 

  • MATERIALS: Participants will need a pen and paper to write on. Combat boots are optional.
  • WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, March 28th and 29th from 2 pm – 5 pm.
  • WHERE: The LIBRARY of Hotel Gaythering, 1409 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida, FL 33139. Street parking or parking available at the Lincoln Road Garage on 17th Street between Meridian Avenue and Euclid Avenue.

*All Reading Queer events are open to the public regardless of ability to pay, sexual orientation, gender, race or any other form of identification. However, our workshops are safe spaces for all queer-identified people and are specially designed to address the writerly needs of marginalized communities who have been denied a voice. Come as you are. Write like never before.

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ABOUT JAN BECKER: Jan is from a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania. She didn’t stay there very long. She grew up in a Marine Corps family, on military bases all over the United States. She is currently an MFA candidate at Florida International University and has taught courses there in composition, technical writing, creative writing and poetry. Her work has appeared in Emerge, Brevity Poetry Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, and The Florida Book Review. She is a regular contributor to the online journalSelfies in Ink and has read for Lipservice: True Stories Out Loud.