Starter Course

Intro to the Creative Writing Workshop

6 Thursdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, starting July 11th
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 2 spots left!

This generative workshop, designed for beginning writers of fiction and creative nonfiction, has a dual focus: teaching the fundamentals of how to “workshop”—how to substantively critique one another’s writing and your own—and how to revise. To that end, each participant will generate a new story or essay and revise it with instructor feedback. By the end of the course, you will have written a polished piece as well as gained a sense of how to take an idea from initial inspiration through rounds of thoughtful rewriting. This class is also designed to impart the basics of giving and receiving constructive feedback, preparing you for future creative writing workshops. In addition to in-class writing and workshopping, we’ll spend time discussing elements of craft—such as perspective, character, and scene—and reading work by authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alexander Chee, Jennifer Egan, and Alice Walker. This course is the latest in our ongoing initiative to re-imagine traditional workshop structures.

NOTE: In addition to our regular evals, we will be sending out a short survey to students at the end of the course so we can obtain feedback on how this new workshop structure went. As a way to thank you for your participation, we’ve discounted the class price 10%!

Class does not meet on August 15th.

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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Nora Caplan-Bricker
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Previous Students Say

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


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  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Young Adult & Children's Literature
  • Poetry

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