Historically, stories about women's rage have gotten a bad rap. We're told to be more agreeable, polite, likable, quiet, obedient, happy, acquiescent, and silent. As if there is some reward or badge of honor for acting unbothered in our lives, and in our writing. Of course, this is even more true for Black women, individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+, and women who are disabled. But getting to know our anger, befriending it, and putting language to it is crucial for our lives and our culture. It is essential to literature.
In this course open to writers of all levels, we will learn how to unapologetically write about our anger, explore cultural expectations of emotional voice and tone, unpack the politics and power systems that block and discourage women's anger, and the different "rage craft styles" of writers in fiction and non-fiction. We will discuss the major differences between writing raw rage and processed rage. We hold a responsibility to our readers to be in control of our writing and our fury. By the end, participants will have a better understanding of their "WHY" for writing about their anger, what it will take to get as close to the "fire" as possible, and a list of publications to submit their work.
Class meetings will be held over video chat, using Zoom accessed from your private class page. While you can use Zoom from your browser, we recommend downloading the desktop client so you have access to all platform features.
- Confront and process blocks to your rage, and rage writing. Then embrace anger as fuel.
- Generative lists of viable story ideas, help figuring out which details they are willing and not willing to disclose, ideas for potential publications they will pitch, and short in-class writing exercises/prompts that can be reused outside of class.
- Craft rage writing in a voice and style that feel authentic to YOU.
- Process, pitch, and write your rage for aligned publications and audiences.
- 10% discount on all future Catapult classes
Students can expect to read a few excerpts before class each week as well as complete at least five short generative writing exercises. Due to the nature of rage writing and respecting everyone’s comfort level, there will be no submissions shared with other workshop participants. However, students may submit one rage-focused pitch OR one rage-focused excerpt (one page max) to the instructor and receive brief written feedback.
Week 1: exploring cultural expectations of women's anger & literary blocks, establishing your unique WHY for rage writing, releasing shame, guilt, and taboos around your anger, unleashing your anger and befriending it
Week 2: Crafting your rage, Fiction vs. Non-fiction, finding your work a home, pitching and finding your work a home
Week 3: Embodying your rage, using poetry techniques to tap into the sensory experience of rage, creating your rage ritual (your muse techniques), and processing your rage outside of writing to create a responsible experience for the reader.
Week 4: Marketing and promoting of rage writing, building a platform, and releasing your rage (for rest)
Sarah Hosseini has written reported features and essays for The Atlantic, CNN, Harper’s Bazaar, The Washington Post, among other publications. She also delivered a TEDx talk “Not Sorry” on the stage in New Delhi, India encouraging women to use their unapologetic voices.
She is the creator of Sovereign Daughter, an empowering journaling community that uses expressive writing techniques for healing. She offers online workshops and private sessions. Sarah holds an MFA from Queens University and is currently querying her memoir.
"And now my formerly sexless book has grown some balls. Two sex scenes in one chapter! Thank you Sarah Hosseini!"
"Sarah Hosseini teaches both the craft and politics of sex writing. And she cares for students as people and writers."