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RQ Writing Academy 2019 – 2020

2019 – 2020 Writing Academy Schedule

The Reading Queer Writing Academy aims to inspire and prepare members of the queer community to tap into the powerful potential inherent to the act and the art of writing. Consisting of a series of distinct workshops spread out throughout the calendar year, the Academy will serve as a platform for writers of all walks of life to explore, pursue and perfect the craft in its myriad forms. As an expression of our conviction that writing is a right, not a privilege, all workshops are open to the general public regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.

All Reading Queer workshops are free and open to the public every 3rd weekend October 2019 – May 2019.

10. 19th. 2019 | “Burnin The Veil” with Cathleen Chambless”

DATE: OCTOBER 19TH, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM


COST: FREE. Donations appreciated. Donate here

Description: As we near the end of October, this is when the veil between our world and the spiritual world becomes the thinnest. In this workshop we will burn the veil, literally and figuratively, and celebrate local queers who have lost their lives fighting for our rights. There is much attention to LGBTQ activists of the past on a national level, but what about our locals who fought and have not received the attention they deserve. Additionally, this workshop will include rituals to inspire not only writing, but to give love and strength to the queer spirits around us and within us.

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Bio: Cathleen Chambless is from Miami, Florida. She graduated with her MFA in poetry from FIU. She is also a visual artist and activist. Her work has appeared in The Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature, Jai-Alai, Fjords Review, Grief Diaries, Storm Cycle 2014 & 2015, Southern Women’s Review, and Wussy Mag. Her debut collection of poetry, Nec(Romantic), was a finalist for the Bisexual Book Awards in 2016.


11. 16th – 17th. 2019 | To Be Announced

12. 14th – 15th. 2019 | To Be Announced

1. 18th – 19th. 2020 | To Be Announced

2. 15th – 16th. 2020 | “Boot Camp Intensive”

3. 14th – 15th. 2020 | To Be Announced

4. 18th – 19th. 2020 | To Be Announced

5. 16th – 17th. 2020 | “Boot Camp Intensive”

6. 20th. 2020 | To Be Announced