There are many ways that we can feel othered by writing. Particularly within the context of education, literature and publishing, there are weighty histories of gatekeeping knowledge – a tool which is used to marginalise and erase ways of thinking that which challenge the hegemonic norm. We are often carrying baggage of previous academic experience. We might have been told that the way we think isn’t right, and feel the pressure to mask the way our mind works. 

  • What pressures have you or your collaborators faced to write in a particular way, follow particular rules, referencing styles, and literary norms? 
  • Which of these systems are actually helpful, and what can you put aside?
  • How can the barriers you experience to writing shape writing methods which really work for you?
Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative by Melissa Febos