Poetry + Nonfiction: Hybrid Texts - Remote!

6 Thursdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, Starting on February 25th
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

Throughout the duration of this class we’ll be exploring the capacity to shift between different genres (primarily poetry and non-fiction). There are many reasons writers choose to write in a specific genre, for this class we’ll be discussing what happens when the “so-called boundaries” are blurred. What happens in a piece when it doesn’t quite fit on either side (poetry or nonfiction)? What is being transformed and communicated in the merging of the two. Each week we'll take a look at a topic (examples include: grief, identity, sexuality, etc.) and examine how writers of poetry and non-fiction approach these topics. We'll also take a look at writers who write in both genres and how their approaches to both genres bring forth new understanding. Our big question will be how do writers push against genre to create something new entirely? This class explores work by Claudia Rankine, Maggie Nelson, Audre Lorde, Mark Doty, Tracy K. Smith and others. 

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! 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 via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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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Tatiana Johnson-Boria
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Previous Students Say

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


  • Generate New Work
  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Workshop
  • Lecture
  • Class Discussion
  • Computer or Tablet Recommended


  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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