In-Person: Seaport

Developing Your Short Fiction

$490.00
Members
$510.00
Non-members
8 Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, starting June 21st.
In-Person: Seaport
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

In this course, we'll learn and practice the tried-and-true elements of fiction—like style, voice, character, narrative, dialogue, point of view, and revision—with an emphasis on the short story form. Classes will include discussions on various elements of craft, close readings of published stories, and workshopping of student work. We’ll write or revise at least two complete stories (up to 25 pages each), and receive detailed written feedback from classmates. Instead of remaining silent, writers will be active participants in their own workshop.

Classmates will be encouraged to incorporate content-based criticism (e.g. “how does this character challenge or reinforce stereotypes? what are the socio-cultural implications in this piece?”) with craft-based criticism (e.g. “how does the author use language to show this character’s change over time?”). This structure aims to give the writer a stronger voice in their own critique, for readers to thoughtfully examine and learn from providing actionable feedback during the workshop, and for everyone to leave class with a clearer revision strategy for their own work. 

Class Format

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood. Please note that proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend this class. Please submit your proof of vaccination here at least 48 hours before your class begins. Read on to learn more about GrubStreet's vaccine protocol and find information about where to get vaccinated below.

GrubStreet Vaccine Protocol

Please submit your most recent proof of vaccination, which requires a booster shot for those eligible, here at least 48 hours before your class begins. If you have previously submitted a proof of vaccination that did not include your booster shot, you will need to resubmit your updated vaccine card.  If you are not able to fill out our vaccination form 48 hours before your class begins, please bring your vaccine card (or a photo of it) with you to the building. Please note that if you arrive for class and you have not filled out the form and do not have proof of vaccination with you, you will not be allowed to participate in the class. And don’t forget your mask! In accordance with the City of Boston, masks will be required at all times while inside the building. Click here to read GrubStreet's full Vaccination and Masking Policy.

Vaccination status: For in-person classes and events, your vaccination status is considered up-to-date until the time you are eligible for a boosterwhich is 5 months after the second dose in a two-shot series. Boosters are required for all visitors on our second floor if your second shot was more than 5 months ago. 

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.

Instructor

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Kayleigh Shoen
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"

Elements

  • Generate New Work
  • Study Published Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • Homework
  • In-Class Writing
  • Workshop

Genre

  • Short Fiction

Commitment Level

Medium

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