Narrating Childhood

Friday, February 15th, from 10:30am-1:30pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
12 seats max

Successful writing about childhood often requires finding a proper balance between closeness and distance to personal memory. Closeness is what allows us to feel the energy and traumas of childhood as a child might, while the distance enables the writer and readers to understand those experiences as only adults can understand them. In this seminar we will do close readings of authors including, but not limited, to Jesmyn Ward, Alison Bechdel, and Lucy Greely, who beautifully excavate their childhoods to deliver sophisticated emotional truths. We will also do prompt-driven in-class writing about our own childhoods. Students should expect to leave this seminar with new writing and a fresh perspective on existing writing.

Scholarship Information

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Alysia Abbott
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Writing Homework
  • Reading Homework
  • Class Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Workshop
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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