Publishing Trans Stories
February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
*This event is in-person; Masks & Proof of Vaccination + Booster Required. More about the IPRC’s Covid-Safer Guidelines here; Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions re: medical exemption.
Instructor: Callum Angus
Class Meetings: 5
Sundays, Feb. 19th — March 19th, 1-3pm
$100 – $150 sliding scale
*2 no-cost spots available; BIPOC & 2S prioritized
About the Workshop: This is a workshop for trans and nonbinary writers who want to be publishing their own short stories in literary journals. In this workshop, students will take one short story through the full submission cycle: workshop and revise based on instructor and peer feedback; research literary journals and other venues for publication; learn how to write a cover letter and submit work for publication. Stories do not need to be about trans-related subject matter, and all styles and genres are welcome. Writers will leave with a better understanding of how to work with edits, an introduction to the trans writers and editors working in Portland, and how to engage critically and meaningfully with publishers both locally and beyond.
Pre-requisite: Writers do not need to have published, but they should have a story ready to workshop in advance of the first class. Participants are asked to submit a short story up to 12 pages long, double-spaced, either with their registration or no later than February 12.
Instructor: Callum Angus is a trans writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of the story collection A Natural History of Transition (Metonymy Press, 2021), which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Fiction, the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and an Oregon Book Award. He has received fellowships from Lambda Literary and Signal Fire Foundation for the Arts and was a 2018 Writer-in-Residence at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. A former bookseller at Powell’s and the independent Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA, he holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a BA in geography from Mount Holyoke College, and has taught writing at Smith College, UMass Amherst, and Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. He’s also worked in publicity for Catapult Books, Counterpoint Press, and Soft Skull Press. In 2019 he started the literary journal smoke and mold as a venue for nature writing, broadly defined, by trans and Two Spirit writers.