Memoir and Autobiographical Writing: A Workshop

Memoir and Autobiographical Writing_ A Workshop

Queens was recently named the most diverse county in the United States. As our country grapples with issues of race and immigration in real time, the stories that come from our borough have an important role in to play in leading the way to a more equitable, just society. Newtown Literary and Lewis Latimer House Museum are pleased to present this free opportunity to the writers of Queens so that those stories can be told and brought to light.

Join our four-session writing workshop on memoir and autobiographical writing focusing on themes of race and immigration. Everyone has a story to tell, and we will dive into student work from day one, finding our voices, developing characters, creating context and backdrop, and honing the narratives that run through our daily lives. Everyone will have the opportunity to workshop twice and will leave the course with a refined, voice-driven piece of personal writing. 

Open to writers of all levels of experience. 

Applications due August 18th, participants will be notified after Labor Day.

Class Size: 8 writers

Cost: Free–All participants in the workshop will receive a scholarship, thanks to Lewis Latimer House Museum

When: Four Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: September 28, October 12 and 26, November 9

Where: Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th Street, Flushing

Instructor: Abeer Hoque is a Nigerian-born, Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She is the author of a coffee table book of travel photographs and poems, The Long Way Home (Ogro Bangladesh), the linked story collection, The Lovers and the Leavers (HarperCollins India), and a memoir, Olive Witch (Harper360). She is the recipient of a Queens Arts Council grant, a NYFA grant, a NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Fulbright Scholarship. Her writing and photography have been published in GuernicaZYZZYVAElle580 SplitIndia Today, and Catapult, among others. She has an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. Learn more about Abeer at

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