About this Session
Good writing thrives on sensory detail! This workshop prompts you to use each of your five senses to generate new work. At the outset, we'll provide a selection of objects to touch and ask you to choose one, then write whatever comes to mind. We'll do the same for smell. Then we'll go outside to find sights and sounds. Here, you'll be prompted to make a list of 5 sights and 5 sounds, then write about one of each.
The class concludes with a selection of snack foods to use as prompts for taste. The practice using each of your senses in your writing will pay off when you want to incorporate sensory detail in longer, more polished pieces.
You will leave with a handout of excerpts from authors who effectively use sensory detail.
This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood. Please note that proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend this class. Please submit your proof of vaccination here at least 48 hours before your class begins. Read on to learn more about GrubStreet's vaccine protocol and find information about where to get vaccinated below.
GrubStreet Vaccine Protocol
Please submit your most recent proof of vaccination, which requires a booster shot for those eligible, here at least 48 hours before your class begins. If you have previously submitted a proof of vaccination that did not include your booster shot, you will need to resubmit your updated vaccine card. If you are not able to fill out our vaccination form 48 hours before your class begins, please bring your vaccine card (or a photo of it) with you to the building. Please note that if you arrive for class and you have not filled out the form and do not have proof of vaccination with you, you will not be allowed to participate in the class. And don’t forget your mask! In accordance with the City of Boston, masks will be required at all times while inside the building. Click here to read GrubStreet's full Vaccination and Masking Policy.
Vaccination status: For in-person classes and events, your vaccination status is considered up-to-date until the time you are eligible for a booster – which is 5 months after the second dose in a two-shot series. Boosters are required for all visitors on our second floor if your second shot was more than 5 months ago.
Need help getting vaccinated? It’s free and easy to receive a COVID-19 vaccine! Please visit Massachusetts’ VaxFinder page to find a vaccination site near you. If you'd like to learn more, you can read the answers to some commonly asked questions about COVID vaccination here.
Previous Students Say
- "Supportive Environment"
- Generate New Work
- In-Class Writing Prompts
- The Novel
- Short Fiction
- Book-Length Memoir
- Personal Essay