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Can I Write That? Going to the Forbidden Places in Fiction and Non-Fiction

Friday, March 14th, from 10:30am-1:30pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
24 seats max

Many of the greatest books on earth have endured specifically because their authors were willing to write about subjects that we all think about but that society has classified as taboo. Without exception, the decision to write about these subjects liberated them and took their work to the next level. In this seminar, we'll ask students to do the same thing, by looking at examples from Cheryl Strayed, Nabokov, Jeannette Walls, and others, and doing an in-class exercise. The class will be especially useful for writers who have been struggling to allow themselves to write about topics that feel forbidden, but should be fun regardless. Come ready to let it rip.

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"One of the best Grub seminars I've ever taken. I knew Steve was an exceptional writer, but he's also an ideal instructor. He was able to deliver key concepts and illustrate them with vivid clarity. Lots of folks can write. Far fewer can teach. Holy Toledo! Steve does both with astute effectiveness."

"He's hilarious, brilliant, and got some very clear points across. I liked the class, and I like this instructor (my second class with him). Not only are the ideas put across clearly, but he's also entertaining in the best of ways."


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Steve Almond
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Previous Students Say

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


  • Study Published Writing
  • Lecture
  • Q&A
  • Class Discussion


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay

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