The Satellite Academy is inspired by Sarah Schulman:
In June 2008, I started a project I call “The Satellite Academy.” This is composed of two monthly (writing) workshops I run out of my apartment … In my class, they don’t have to defend queerness, aesthetic invention, or racial or cultural points of view. And they don’t have to take out loans. Once the burden of defending is reduced, we can concentrate on craft. They get the same experience as the dominant culture worker (writer in an MFA program): their lives are assumed to be important … My dream is that other queer and non dominant culture workers (writers), regardless of what they do for a living, will join the Satellite Academy and start their own groups.
See all Satellite Academy activities at SUM or QAF at http://qaf.sumgallery.ca/category/satellite-academy-workshops/