Online: Zoom

Cause Some Drama: Creating Conflict

Friday, February 10th, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
13 seats max

Conflict keeps stories alive. Through the use of a variety of creative exercises, this generative, hands-on session is designed to help you clarify the conflict(s) in your story. You’ll be invited to de/reconstruct your conflict(s) from three angles: character, choice, and change. This session is inspired by the groundbreaking work Craft in The Real World by Matthew Salesses. Ideal for character-driven writers who could use the time and space to develop a satisfying, more active plot. You will be given the opportunity to ask the group specific questions to untangle your trickiest knots. All levels are welcome, though it is best for writers with a specific project in mind, no matter what the stage— i.e. beginning idea or draft number three.

This class will be taught through a playwriting lens, but it is well suited for most genres.   

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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Kira Rockwell
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