Otter Lieffe is creating trans feminist speculative fiction
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patrons

Hi, my name’s Otter - welcome to my Patreon!

I’m the author of two transfeminist, speculative fiction novels: Margins and Murmurations and Conserve and Control. As a working class trans woman, and an activist for nearly two decades, my work has a voice that is rarely heard, and I am so proud to be creating radical new writing towards a less oppressive world.

Writing is a huge commitment and I love every second of it. I’m also financial precarious which makes it hard to balance it with the work I do for survival. If you've loved my writing so far and want me to keep creating, becoming a Patreon supporter will make it happen.

  • You’ll become part of a unique community coming together to create this work.
  • With pledges over $5, you’ll gain full access to my online writing course, Murmurs of Resistance: Writing from the Margins, with new classes every two weeks.
  • You’ll get regular updates on my work and some sneak-peeks on the creative projects I’m working on

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.

This course is to get you to write. To write your stories. To create beautiful characters that you’ve always wanted in the world. To write for yourself or for others and to share, when you’re ready, even if it’s just between you and your laptop.

Classes are uploaded every two weeks in audio and pdf (including a printer-friendly version) on Teachable. I’m offering them on a sliding scale for all patrons who pledge over $5 a month (recommended tiers are $5, $10 and $15). 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.

Click here for more information and some previews from the course!

More about my work

As a trans woman, gender and sexuality have always been at the centre of my writing and I’ve been creating stories and political articles that reflect my intersections for as long as I can remember. I’m also a trained ecologist and environmental activist, so themes of ecocide and connecting with more-than-human nature have inevitably emerged in my work.

Trans people live gender in a way that others can never truly understand. Exploring gender, sex and sexuality is as normal for many of us as breathing, or dreaming, and just as essential to our survival. In my novels, I let this exploration run free, allowed myself to create characters who until now have been invisible or written by people without lived experience. Almost by an impulse I cannot seem to avoid, writing has also become activism.

Working with LGBT Books to Prisoners last year, we crowdfunded to send copies of the novel to trans women in US prisons, to raise awareness of their situation and to provide some well-needed solidarity. That work lead to the creation of Books Beyond Bars UK, a similar project in the UK. Touring with the novels continues to create new networks and connections. Honestly, it’s everything I dreamed of.

Money

I have no financial support except my own hard work. This often means I have to choose between cash work and writing work. Invariably, survival comes first and writing projects get delayed. I believe in the writing that I’m producing, and I’m encouraged by the feedback I’ve been getting from people who have connected with it; but, ultimately, I still need to pay the bills.

This work does need to come out into the world. There needs to be more speculative fiction with better representation, more narratives of resisting ableism and racism, cis-sexism and classism and more realistic experiences of survival in a world that hates anyone at the margins.

As a person with a complex experience, surrounded by supportive communities of people who help produce this work with me, I’m in a unique position to tell some of these stories. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to keep doing just that.

P.S.: By becoming a Patreon you are giving me permission to share just first name and email address with Teachable and Mailerlite so I can give you access to my course. Thank you!
Tiers
Gay manatee reward
$1 or more per month
  
  • Patreon-only content - sneak previews of my upcoming work and regular news.
  • A pdf copy of my super cute Queer Ecology zine.


Trans parrotfish reward
$2 or more per month
  
  • Patreon-only content - sneak previews of my upcoming work and regular news.
  • A pdf copy of my super cute Queer Ecology zine.

 

Lesbian lizard reward
$5 or more per month
  
  • Patreon-only content - sneak previews of my upcoming work and regular news.
  • A pdf copy of my super cute Queer Ecology zine.  
  • Full access to my online writing course, Murmurs of Resistance: Writing from the Margins, with new classes every two weeks
Poly oystercatcher reward
$10 or more per month
  
  • Patreon-only content - sneak previews of my upcoming work and regular news.
  • A pdf copy of my super cute Queer Ecology zine.  
  • Full access to my online writing course, Murmurs of Resistance: Writing from the Margins, with new classes every two weeks
Bisexual red deer reward
$15 or more per month
  
  • Patreon-only content - sneak previews of my upcoming work and regular news.
  • A pdf copy of my super cute Queer Ecology zine.  
  • Full access to my online writing course, Murmurs of Resistance: Writing from the Margins, with new classes every two weeks
Kinky dolphin reward
$25 or more per month
  
  • Patreon-only content - sneak previews of my upcoming work and regular news.
  • A pdf copy of my super cute Queer Ecology zine.  
  • Full access to my online writing course, Murmurs of Resistance: Writing from the Margins, with new classes every two weeks
Goals
33 of 50 patrons
I bring a marginalised voice to my writing, but this also means that I have no external source of income, no financial support except my own hard work and this often brings me to the difficult decision between cash work and writing work. Invariably, survival comes first and writing projects get delayed.

With 50 patrons I would still be doing a lot of paid work to pay the bills, but I could dedicate much more time to my creative work writing about class, transgender, femininity, activism and the environment.
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Hi, my name’s Otter - welcome to my Patreon!

I’m the author of two transfeminist, speculative fiction novels: Margins and Murmurations and Conserve and Control. As a working class trans woman, and an activist for nearly two decades, my work has a voice that is rarely heard, and I am so proud to be creating radical new writing towards a less oppressive world.

Writing is a huge commitment and I love every second of it. I’m also financial precarious which makes it hard to balance it with the work I do for survival. If you've loved my writing so far and want me to keep creating, becoming a Patreon supporter will make it happen.

  • You’ll become part of a unique community coming together to create this work.
  • With pledges over $5, you’ll gain full access to my online writing course, Murmurs of Resistance: Writing from the Margins, with new classes every two weeks.
  • You’ll get regular updates on my work and some sneak-peeks on the creative projects I’m working on

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.

This course is to get you to write. To write your stories. To create beautiful characters that you’ve always wanted in the world. To write for yourself or for others and to share, when you’re ready, even if it’s just between you and your laptop.

Classes are uploaded every two weeks in audio and pdf (including a printer-friendly version) on Teachable. I’m offering them on a sliding scale for all patrons who pledge over $5 a month (recommended tiers are $5, $10 and $15). 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.

Click here for more information and some previews from the course!

More about my work

As a trans woman, gender and sexuality have always been at the centre of my writing and I’ve been creating stories and political articles that reflect my intersections for as long as I can remember. I’m also a trained ecologist and environmental activist, so themes of ecocide and connecting with more-than-human nature have inevitably emerged in my work.

Trans people live gender in a way that others can never truly understand. Exploring gender, sex and sexuality is as normal for many of us as breathing, or dreaming, and just as essential to our survival. In my novels, I let this exploration run free, allowed myself to create characters who until now have been invisible or written by people without lived experience. Almost by an impulse I cannot seem to avoid, writing has also become activism.

Working with LGBT Books to Prisoners last year, we crowdfunded to send copies of the novel to trans women in US prisons, to raise awareness of their situation and to provide some well-needed solidarity. That work lead to the creation of Books Beyond Bars UK, a similar project in the UK. Touring with the novels continues to create new networks and connections. Honestly, it’s everything I dreamed of.

Money

I have no financial support except my own hard work. This often means I have to choose between cash work and writing work. Invariably, survival comes first and writing projects get delayed. I believe in the writing that I’m producing, and I’m encouraged by the feedback I’ve been getting from people who have connected with it; but, ultimately, I still need to pay the bills.

This work does need to come out into the world. There needs to be more speculative fiction with better representation, more narratives of resisting ableism and racism, cis-sexism and classism and more realistic experiences of survival in a world that hates anyone at the margins.

As a person with a complex experience, surrounded by supportive communities of people who help produce this work with me, I’m in a unique position to tell some of these stories. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to keep doing just that.

P.S.: By becoming a Patreon you are giving me permission to share just first name and email address with Teachable and Mailerlite so I can give you access to my course. Thank you!

Recent posts by Otter Lieffe

Tiers
Gay manatee reward
$1 or more per month
  
  • Patreon-only content - sneak previews of my upcoming work and regular news.
  • A pdf copy of my super cute Queer Ecology zine.


Trans parrotfish reward
$2 or more per month
  
  • Patreon-only content - sneak previews of my upcoming work and regular news.
  • A pdf copy of my super cute Queer Ecology zine.

 

Lesbian lizard reward
$5 or more per month
  
  • Patreon-only content - sneak previews of my upcoming work and regular news.
  • A pdf copy of my super cute Queer Ecology zine.  
  • Full access to my online writing course, Murmurs of Resistance: Writing from the Margins, with new classes every two weeks
Poly oystercatcher reward
$10 or more per month
  
  • Patreon-only content - sneak previews of my upcoming work and regular news.
  • A pdf copy of my super cute Queer Ecology zine.  
  • Full access to my online writing course, Murmurs of Resistance: Writing from the Margins, with new classes every two weeks
Bisexual red deer reward
$15 or more per month
  
  • Patreon-only content - sneak previews of my upcoming work and regular news.
  • A pdf copy of my super cute Queer Ecology zine.  
  • Full access to my online writing course, Murmurs of Resistance: Writing from the Margins, with new classes every two weeks
Kinky dolphin reward
$25 or more per month
  
  • Patreon-only content - sneak previews of my upcoming work and regular news.
  • A pdf copy of my super cute Queer Ecology zine.  
  • Full access to my online writing course, Murmurs of Resistance: Writing from the Margins, with new classes every two weeks