Intro to Creative Writing

Last updated: May 22, 2022

This list was first conceptualized for a first-year creative writing class designed to challenge writing majors in a variety of creative writing genres, mainly poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Students are also given a final "zine unit" which forms of a portfolio of their own works, with flexibility in zine style and format. For this reason, several asexuality-themed zines are included, ranging from professional journalism to more personal advocacy.

Brown and Gray:
An Asexual People of Color Zine
Community zine
  • Topics: Personal experience, definitions of asexuality, ace poetry, intersections of race and (a)sexuality, representation
  • Rating: B*
  • Length: 36 pages
  • Citation: Multiple authors, ed. (2015). Brown and Gray. Tumblr. Mediafire.
  • A Pocket Guide to Asexuality Informational zine
  • Topics: Asexualities 101, ace symbols, representation, tips for allies
  • Rating: B+
  • Length: 8 pages
  • Citation: Bourne, Camille (2018). A Pocket Guide to Asexuality. Facebook.
  • Queerplatonic Zucchinis: A Short Primer Theory zine
  • Topics: Relationships, aromanticism, relationship hierarchy 101
  • Rating:A*
  • Length: 6 pages
  • Citation: Omnes et Nihil (2014). Queerplatonic Zucchinis: A Short Primer. Ace Zine Archive.
  • Taking The Cake Informational zine
  • Topics: Asexualities 101, asexuality spectrum, defining attraction, further resources, dating, ace symbols, misconceptions
  • Rating: A+
  • Length: 12 pages
  • Citation: Maisha (2012). Taking the Cake: An Illustrated Primer on Asexuality. Ace Zine Archives.
  • How to Date an ASEXUAL Informational and theory zine
  • Topics: Dating, consent, relationship hierarchy, social conservatism
  • Rating: A
  • Length: 16 pages
  • Citation: Hultner, Trevor (2015). How to Date an ASEXUAL… and Other Essays. Issuu.
  • AVENues (series) Newsletter zines
  • Topics: Community trends, personal experience, lifestyle
  • Rating: B+
  • Length: 15-40 pages
  • Citation: AVEN Team (2006--). AVENues. Issuu (since 2018).
  • Aze Journal Literary journal (publishes creative non-fiction, poetry, and personal essay)
  • Topics: Asexualities theory, representation, intersectionality of race and (a)sexuality, personal experience, acephobia, aromanticism
  • Rating: B / B*
  • Length: Variable length
  • Citation: Multiple authors, ed. Michael Paramo. (2016--). Aze Journal.
  • Common Bonds:
    A Speculative Aromantic Anthology
    Fiction anthology
  • Topics: Relationships, aromanticism
  • Rating: B+
  • Length: 300 pages
  • Citation: Multiple authors, eds. Claudie Arseneault, C. T. Callahan, and Roanna Sylver. (2021). Common Bonds: A Speculative Aromantic Anthology. Self-published.