Writing and Sciencing
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In case you don't know me. My name is Aisling Fae. I'm a Dominican Trans Woman living in Berlin. Trying to get into grad school to research cool shit like cyborgs, and VR and developing immortality whilst hoping to attain enough power that I can keep it from becoming the exclusive domain of the bourgeoisie.
But you probably want to hear more about my writing.
I write mostly fiction. Short stories set in the very real present full of magic, and ghosts and demons and science that we don't know exists, but it's there in conceptual space. Also sometimes sci-fi set in the future, but so far no high fantasy.
Occasionally, I'll write non-fiction, about being trans, about the importance of dismantling capitalism as the source of all materials oppression whilst keeping our communist aware of the myriad specific ways capitalism targets certain people more than others. Ableism, transantagonism, patriarchy, racism, and other systems of oppression.
I mostly survive by leeching off the German government, as I currently live on German welfare (which I have to say is pretty nice and I'm very lucky to have access to). I have a Patreon so that I can hopefully make more money to dedicate exclusively to my art, my craft and my activism, but sometimes also a bit of a safety net. Multiple times, the extra 10 dollars I've gotten have made the difference between me having no groceries at the end of the month.
Bilingual Story Zines
These zines can be bought online on a pay-what-you-can basis at gumroad.com/transfaerie. Additionally, anyone who pledges any amount will get the digital versions automatically. Everyone who pledges 10 or more will get physical versions.
Opportunities for Trans Writers, Trans Writers groups, etc.
In the past I used to host a trans writer's workshop in Berlin. However, due to low attendance it has been on hiatus for almost a year. I'm hoping to revive something like it soon, with a couple of changes. Including:
- More emphasis on encouraging new writers/non-writers to start writing. Holding intro workshops with writing prompts, etc.
- More open. Allowing some events and meetings to have queer cis people participating. With the understanding that trans writers come first, but that we can all learn together to write better stories that represent the realities of trans characters. And better stories in general. I want to encourage trans writers to write, period. What anyone chooses to write can have as much or as little "trans content" as the author chooses.
- Organising Story swaps or partnering people up to give each other feedback.
- Fun stuff, competitions, jams, springs, etc.
My goal is to create a trans literature scene in Berlin. One where trans people feel encouraged to write, to share their writing, to collaborate, to create. I want trans people in this city to realise that their stories are important and that they have an audience!
For more info, join the facebook group:
Thank you so much for reading!