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 from our borough have an important role to play. Lewis Latimer House Museum is pleased to present this fully funded opportunity to the writers of Queens.

Join our four-session writing workshop on memoir and autobiographical writing focusing on themes of race and immigration. We will dive into student work from day one, finding our voices, developing characters, creating context and backdrop, and honing our narratives. Everyone will have the opportunity to have their pieces reviewed in 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 February 15th, 2021, and participants will be notified by February 21, 2021.

Class Size: 8 writers

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

Pre-workshop meet-up: Saturday, February 27 — 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Four Saturdays: March 6, March 20, April 3, April 17 — 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Public reading: Saturday, May 1 — 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom. Links will be shared with participants.

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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