Murmurs of resistance: Writing from the margins
Writing can be a powerful tool for change. The stories of our culture tell us so much about the world and how we should live in it, but unfortunately, it’s a tool too often dominated by privilege. Those of us at the margins don’t see ourselves reflected in the stories of our culture and we’ve never been told that we have anything worth telling.
And yet, our stories must be told. Our experiences mean that we know better than anyone what our communities need and the things that need to change. I never felt like "I always had a book in me" but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t.
But for that to happen, for us to really start writing, we need a few things. We need safety. The safety to push through imposter syndrome, to crystallise our thoughts and to share them on paper or screen. The safety to write just for ourselves if we want to without the pressure to share until we’re ready, if ever. We need spaces and materials that are accessible and relevant. We need encouragement and community and to be held through it.Murmurs of Resistance is a movement in this direction.
Praise for Writing from the Margins
"I can highly recommend this online writing course. I attended Otter Lieffes summer writing class in Berlin. She holds a save space to write, which at least for me is a "very personal and often emotional process. When I showed up for my first lesson, I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to write a single sentence due to lack of creativity. Otter taught me, next to all the theoretical things like characters, dialogue and so on, how to write with intuition and less effort, which is for me the place where stories emerge" Chris.
"Otter's class was so encouraging, a very special space where there was writing, sharing, feeling, and empowerment through acknowledging each other's creative processes. Otter's way of teaching takes into account mind, body, structural discrimination, politics, and resistance." Nello.
Otter Lieffe is a working class, femme, trans woman in and out of Berlin. She has been involved in grassroots activism for nearly two decades, in Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and North America.
She is a bodyworker, gives trans-competency trainings and co-founded the Radical Bodywork Network.
Since releasing her first novel she has been organising in the US and UK to get books to trans women in prison.