Narrative Unbound: Experimental Structures in Essays and Stories

6 Tuesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, starting March 24th
GrubStreet HQ (Remote)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Is your narrative writing in a rut? Are you struggling to tell a nonfiction or fiction story in a traditional narrative structure? Sometimes it’s not you, it’s the form that’s got you down. In this cross-genre class, co-taught by Ron MacLean and Sari Boren, see how a nontraditional narrative form can illuminate the story you’re trying to tell, and how leaving your comfort zone can bust open your writing style. For both short stories and essays we’ll explore several approaches to narrative structure, such as associative and circular forms, and go deep into how creating the right form for your story is as integral as your language. This six-week class will include in-class exercises, opportunity to workshop your writing, and readings across genres, including such writers as Marie-Helene Bertino, Thalia Field, Jorge Luis Borges, Eula Biss, Brian Oliu, Kelly Link, and Carmen Maria Machado. 

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.

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


  • Short Fiction
  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism

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