Starter Course

Generator Bootcamp

Saturday, April 20th, 10:30am-1:30pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
21 seats max

This course has a very clear mission: devote three hours of your life to writing. Through a series of fun, directed, in-class writing exercises inspired by short published texts, we will explore the terrain of fiction and nonfiction (and perhaps a little poetry, too). Via these writing prompts, we'll find ideas and situations with dramatic or literary potential; write detailed and sensory description; construct characters, settings, and vivid dialogue; play with the sound of language; and help you find your voice. We'll share the work we produce in class, and briefly discuss its strengths and offer suggestions for further development and revision. A supportive and generative experience for both new and practicing writers. Note that this is not a course in the fundamentals of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, but an opportunity for beginners and advanced students to begin to generate material for new work.

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Ethan Gilsdorf
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "High-Energy Class"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons


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

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