Online: Zoom

Octavia Butler Study Hall: Writing Magical, Imaginative Fiction

Saturday, October 1st, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

How do we write for the future? In this 3-hour seminar, we will focus on the narrative imagination of Octavia Butler, whose visionary stories spoke as much of her present as about our own. During the first portion of our class, we will read a chapter from "Wild Seed" and an interview with the author, to make connections and better grasp her approach to the craft of writing.

We will then use her creative principles to generate our own work in class. Our exercises will be dynamic, somatic, and just a little magical. At the end, participants will have an opportunity to read their work aloud. 

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

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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Rolando Lopez
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  • In-Class Writing Prompts
  • Lecture
  • Class Discussion


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction

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