6 Weeks, 3 Stories
Suffering a case of writer’s block? Or, on the contrary, do you have too many story ideas to commit to just one? Either way, if you’re ready to generate a slew of new stories, you’ve come to the right place. In this course, you will have one goal: to write three new drafts, through a combination of rapid-fire deadlines, craft inspiration, generative writing prompts, and feedback to keep you motivated.
Each week, we’ll explore a different short story form or theme to inspire our work, reading published examples from(authors may include Can Xue, Azareen van der Vliet Oloomi, Edwidge Danticat, Vi Khi Nao, and Tommy Orange, among others and studying the craft behind them. We’ll put what we learn into practice through a series of exercises and writing prompts. You’ll also have the opportunity to share 3 new short story drafts (you will have the option of submitting either a flash piece of no more than 1,500 words, or the beginning of a draft), for impressions and feedback from your fellow writers, to help you identify and develop the “heat” of your stories. During the second half of class, you will develop these drafts, and submit a revised version of one of them for a more comprehensive workshop from the rest of the class.
By the end of the course, you’ll have 3 new stories, or story beginnings, and the insight and inspiration to help you finish them.
This is an Online: On-Demand class that will take place on our asynchronous online learning platform, Wet.Ink. Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink before 5pm on the first day of class!
*NOTE that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink, our online class platform, before 5pm on the first day of class.
Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.
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- Craft Lessons
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- Class Discussion
- Reading Homework
- Writing Homework
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