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Writing from the Margins

A unique 16-week course raising the voices of marginalized writers

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.


Your Instructor


Otter Lieffe
Otter Lieffe

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.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course consists of eight parts. A new part will be released every two weeks over sixteen weeks. Once all parts are released, the course is ever-green and will be available any time.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
Get in contact in the first 30 days and I'll give you a full refund.
How do I access the course?
You have two options, you can buy it directly through Teachable or join my Patreon (www.patreon.com/otterlieffe) On Patreon I’m offering the course on a sliding scale for all patrons who pledge over $5 a month. If this course sounds useful to you but you can’t afford to pledge, I’m happy to share it with you, no questions asked. Just get in touch.
When does the next class come out?
Classes come out every second Friday (just in time for your weekend writing!) - the next dates are 23/11, 7/12, 21/12

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