Online: Zoom

Overcoming Writer's Block - Remote!

Friday, December 10th, 10:00am-5:00pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 4 spots left!

So you have writer’s block? Great work—that means you’re a writer! Many of us get down on ourselves when we can’t get those words to come out. But, as Samuel Beckett famously wrote, "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better."

Writer’s block and the messy, confusing generation stage are nothing other than normal steps in the writing process, and there are all kinds of methods we can use approach them. In this workshop, participants will explore both the psychological and practical aspects behind what it takes to get words written. We'll break into several in-class writing sessions, using multiple ways to break through--from classic methods like freewriting, to innovate prompts which engage the senses, emotions, and the subconscious. Finally, we will brainstorm ways to take what we've learned into our lives outside of the classroom.

This workshop is for writers of all genres and levels. Beginner writers may use this time to jump into an exploration of creative writing. More advanced students may come with one or more unfinished pieces or ideas that they'd like to get unstuck on. However, an empty notebook will be a perfectly good place to start! 

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.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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Carolyn Zaikowski
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