Jumpstart Your Writing

6 Fridays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, starting November 2nd
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 3 spots left!

Whether you've never written creatively before, or you're a more experienced writer looking for a recharge, your mission in this course is simple: devote three hours of your week to writing. Through a series of engaging writing exercises, we will mine our experiences and imagination for material and bring what we find to life, constructing characters and settings, shaping vivid dialogue, zooming in on imagery, and exploring the nuances of voice. We will discuss the process of writing and the strengths and weaknesses of the work we produce in class. With an eye on craft and an openness to inspiration, we will read and discuss short pieces written by a variety of writers, such as Eula Biss, Alexander Chee, Edwidge Danticat, Brian Doyle, Scaachi Koul, Celeste Ng, Mary Ruefle, Marjane Satrapi, David Sedaris, Lindy West, and others. 

In the words of Robert Frost, "No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader." This class is designed to be a supportive and generative experience that allows for those surprises that make writing exciting and worthwhile.

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E.B. Bartels
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Previous Students Say

  • Inspired Me to Write More
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"


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


  • Short Fiction
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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