Advanced Jumpstart: New Forms For Non-New Writers
Here’s something we’ve noticed: taking a bunch of workshops, and learning and practicing the craft of fiction, doesn’t always make you any better at coming up with story ideas. In fact, often, the more we write, the more we limit ourselves to the same types of narratives that cover similar territory. This writing-intensive and student-centered course features unique weekly prompts designed for advanced and intermediate students who want to stretch different creative muscles, who want to “play” with other students at their level, and who want to potentially generate new stories with identity, culture, or social contexts in mind. Expect to encounter and produce work that blurs genres, that is inspired by non-Western traditions and non-canonical modes of storytelling, that are content-based as well as form-based. Accepted students will fill out a brief survey for the instructor, who will design a series of prompts and readings that both push you out of your reliable patterns and/or show you new ways of working within them. You will write and submit one short piece each week and develop at least one of them into a longer story. Feedback will be a combination of peer and instructor review and will be co-led by the writer, who will be an active participant in their own critique and strategies for revision.
NOTE: In addition to our regular evals, we will be sending out a short survey to students at the end of the course so we can obtain feedback on how this new workshop structure went. As a way to thank you for your participation, we’ve discounted the class price 10%!
The application deadline for this class is September 15th at 11:59pm. Applicants can expect to learn of decisions 1-2 weeks after the deadline.
To apply, please click the red "SEE DIRECTIONS TO APPLY" button in the top right corner of this page. This application will ask you to detail your workshop experience. It will also ask you to upload a 5-10 page writing sample. Please make sure this writing sample is in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, and in 12-point font. For tracking purposes, your name should appear in the file name (e.g. Smith.Novel Title.Submission). Decisions will be emailed to applicants approx. 1-2 weeks after the deadline. You can also track the status of your application in your Grubstreet profile. Please make sure your application is complete before you finally click "APPLY." If you have any technical difficulties filling out this application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a confirmation email once our system has received your submission.
The payment deadline for admitted students is Monday, October 1st, 2018.
Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply, click the "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button in the top right corner of this page. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your scholarship application and await our Scholarship Committee's decision before registering for the class. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively. For "Master" classes, please submit both the class application and the scholarship application before the deadline stated above.
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