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Craft of Resistance: The Power of Banned Books

Saturday, July 9th, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

With countless books being attacked and banned all over the country, studying what these authors have to say and considering what we can learn from them has never been more important. This three-hour workshop uses group discussions, lecture, and writing activities to study the works of banned authors such as poet Martin Espada, novelist Toni Morrison and many others. Our focus will be both technical, looking at what makes these pieces work on a craft level, as well as contextual, examining how they developed a connection with the outside world. In this class, we will learn to add a sense of urgency to our work and gain a deeper knowledge of how purposeful writing can spark important conversations. Our time together will end with a brief, informal opportunity for participants to share up to 2 pages of work generated in class.

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.

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Mike Zendejas
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Previous Students Say

  • Diverse Reading Assignments
  • Inspired Me to Write More
  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"


  • Study Published Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Lecture
  • Class Discussion


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Poetry

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