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This workshop seeks to explore the process of legacy making. Clara Smith is the second most recorded blues singer of the Classic era, and whilst her work survives, little is known about her life. What factors led to this independent, bisexual woman's relative obscurity compared to her immediate peers? Queer people have always constructed our history and our legacies alongside the dominant telling of history. By approaching the project of legacy-making creatively, how can we open up new potentials in old materials?

In this 2 week course, we will be bringing the skillset of creative nonfiction writing to bear on archival documents, constructing life narratives around Smith’s textual remains. This workshop is in support of my MA Thesis in Folklore at UNC Chapel Hill.

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