Fiction II

10 Tuesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, starting January 14th
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Fiction II is designed to give intermediate writers who are already familiar with workshops the intensive review they need to make their stories deeper and sharper. This course offers a model for workshopping your manuscripts in which you will receive written comments from the students and the instructor before your story is discussed in class. Instead of remaining silent, you will be an active participant in the conversation about your story, with a focus on concrete revision options. 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 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 their initial feedback during the workshop, and for everyone to leave class with a clearer revision strategy for their work. We may read work by Alexander Hemon, Salman Rushdie, Yiyun Li, Mavis Gallant, Roxanne Gay, V. S. Naipaul, and others. The goal is to write and revise two short stories, up to 20 pages each. The creation of self-contained narratives can be a useful challenge for novelists; workshopping novel chapters is discouraged.

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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Shubha Sunder
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