Childhood Firsts: Early Life as Raw Material

Friday, April 17th, from 10:30am-1:30pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
12 seats max

Our earliest, rawest memories are among our most passionate, enduring and revealing. As a subject for literature, they never go out of style. Whether we are beginning writers or pros, working on poetry, fiction, memoir, or biography, these memories often lead to our most incandescent writing and help us identify resonant themes for our work. They can become the subject of a poem or chapter, or they can provide focus and shape to longer projects. As Flannery O’Connor famously said: “If you’ve survived your childhood, you have enough material to write about for the rest of your life.”

In this 3-hour seminar, we will plumb these memories for subjects for further writing. We will have the option to share some of these on the spot, and we will leave the class with new material and new insights into old material.


Leslie Lawrence
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Previous Students Say

  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Writing


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

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