Online: Zoom

6 Weeks, 6 Genres

6 Thursdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, starting October 20th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

This generative class is for writers who want to explore new genres and also learn techniques that can translate into your other work. We’ll steal word choice from poets, dialogue from screenwriters, and sequencing from experimental writers. Each class will consist of reading examples from each genre, responding to prompts, sharing and discussing work, and learning about paths to publication for each genre. You will receive feedback each week. 

By the end of this course, you will have generated new ideas and drafts in each of these genres and have directions to pursue them further or submit work in the future. Our focus will be on expanding our exploration and learning techniques from multiple genres to apply to all of our work. We’ll take a look at: short fiction, the novel, poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting, and experimental forms. Our goal is not just to produce new and unexpected work, but to stretch our skills of dialogue, description, and character by engaging in different genres. Come prepared to step out of your comfort zone and generate a diverse body of work!

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

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.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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Marcella Haddad
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "High-Energy Class"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Young Adult & Children's Literature
  • Poetry

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