Francine Krasno

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Fall 1977


What is a feminist writing workshop? Is it a group of writers who share certain political beliefs? Is it an all-female group? Is it a workshop in which one's writing is labeled "feminist"? What is feminist writing anyway?

Feminist writing has as many definitions as the phrase "women's movement," but I will explain what it means to me. Feminist writing makes a conscious attempt to show the lives of women as women see them, not as reflections of male fantasies or sexist myths; feminist writing uses language in new ways, considers the oppressive ways it has been used and changes them. In a sense, if you are a feminist writer yourself, it means giving the women in your stories the integrity they almost never have in real life.



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