Online: On-Demand

Reading Like a Writer

6 weeks online; no live meetings. Class opens on March 16th.
Online: On Demand
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 4 spots left!

Stephen King told us, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

Close reading is an essential skill for all writers, allowing you to uncover how your favorite stories tick. But there's a difference between close reading for story and close-reading as a writer. As writers, we must evaluate the story as we read it. In this online class, we'll discuss the questions you need to ask yourself for this evaluation: what effect do the author's craft choices have on the story? How are they managing elements like time, structure, and character development? Most importantly: how can we learn from the most effective techniques and use them in our own writing? We'll review excerpts of published stories by a wide range of authors, while concentrating on one story element each week.

We'll also practice effective craft techniques with a weekly writing prompt based on the lesson. Then you'll have the opportunity to share your work to give and receive feedback. By the end of class, you'll have the tools to examine a story with a writer's eye and strategies to implement them in your own writing right away.

Class Format

This is an Online: On-Demand class that will take place on our asynchronous online learning platform, Wet.Ink. Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink before 5pm on the first day of class!

*NOTE that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink, our online class platform, before 5pm on the first day of class.


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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Jackie Cangro
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Previous Students Say

  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Generate New Work
  • Get Feedback
  • Craft Lessons
  • Inspiration
  • Class Discussion
  • Reading Homework


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction

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