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Greenwell/Febos LGBTQIA+ Scholars Program for high school prose writers with Jonathan Vatner (via Zoom)

June 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ten students will be selected to participate in this online class. Applications were due June 1, but if you would still like to apply, please email [email protected] at your earliest convenience for further details.

Entrance into the class will be awarded based on the strength of application and prose work sample. Please upload a prose work sample, and in your cover letter, tell us why you want to study prose writing with Jonathan Vatner for 4 weeks this summer!

The Febos Greenwell Scholars Prose Workshop will be held on 4 Thursday evenings from June 9th-June 30th from 6:30-8:30pm EST on Zoom, taught by instructor Jonathan Vatner. Applicants for the Febos Greenwell Scholars Prose Workshop must be LGBTQIA-identifying high school students with the graduation year of 2022, 2023, 2024 or 2025 and have a current U.S. or U.S. territory resident address.

Applications for the summer 2022 Febos Greenwell Scholars Prose Workshop must be submitted by June 1, 2022. Scholarship awards will be announced on June 2, 2022. If you are accepted, you may register for this class after June 1st. Please write to [email protected] with any questions.

Course Description:
Too many queer people are raised in a curtain of shame. We are asked to diminish ourselves to protect our families. Politicians tell us that our existence must not be acknowledged in schools. In the literary world, there persists a belief that our stories are not universal.
In this class, we will fight this erasure. We will talk about how to be an LGBTQIA+ writer in this world. We will read and discuss craft essays by Melissa Febos, Garth Greenwell, and others that acknowledge the importance of our stories and help us tell them with honesty and power. And we will bravely commit our lives to the page, as fiction, memoir, or whatever form you choose.
We thank Garth Greenwell & Melissa Febos for their generosity for making this LGBTQIA+ scholars’ program possible.
Jonathan Vatner is the author of The Bridesmaids Union, coming June 14, 2022, from St. Martin’s Press. His 2019 novel, Carnegie Hill, earned praise from People, Town & Country, The New York Post, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the managing editor of Hue, the magazine of the Fashion Institute of Technology and teaches fiction writing at New York University. He lives in Yonkers, NY, with his husband and cats.


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June 9
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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