Back in September I was invited to run a workshop and perform some poetry at ‘QwesT 2011‘, a biennial conference held in order to raise awareness and share information and support about the particular issues faced by trans men.
On a personal level, I was delighted to have the opportunity to share the research I had done for my BA dissertation in 2010, to see it come alive amongst real people, and to see if others would get as excited about, what I think, are some ingenious and beautiful ways of writing about the experiences of trans people.
In time I will upload full details of the workshop to this blog with information about how to either run it yourself or invite me to lead it for you, but for now, here is the blurb that advertised it, feedback from one of the participants, and a few lines of one of my favourite poems on this subject:
Different ways of writing about feelings and experiences can either open up, or limit, the ways we think about ourselves. This workshop will begin with a look at excerpts from a range of different styles of writing by transmen and a chat about the different impressions they make.
Drawing ideas and inspiration from this, there will then be the chance for participants to do some writing themselves using writing exercises that can be fun or serious, personal or impersonal, depending on your preference.
Don’t worry if you’ve never written before, this workshop is suitable for beginners and experts alike.
“Thanks again for the workshop – it was a lovely mix of interesting readings, good discussion and creative writing! I hope you get the chance to run more workshops like that in the future.”
If Nancy Were A Boy
‘If Nancy were a boy
he would arrive at my door
Unannounced at 3 a.m.
with a cock in his coat pocket
and a bulge in his jeans…’
…to read the rest of the poem, buy this book:
– Captain Snowdon, ‘If Nancy Were a Boy’ in From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond, Ed. by Morty Diamond, (San Francisco: Manic D Press, 2004), p.110