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Reading Like a Writer: the World of Junot Díaz

Saturday, November 7th, 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
13 seats max

Dominican American writer Junot Díaz was the recipient of a 2012 MacArthur Genius Grant and a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. He has been lauded, too, for his short story collections "Drown" and "This Is How You Lose Her." Díaz's stories are immigrant narratives, mythic narratives, stories of exclusion and marginality, of diaspora and time travel, of family, fukú. In this six-hour intensive course, we will explore Díaz's formal tools: how he uses metaphor and analogy to set up a frame of reference, how he constructs worlds, and how he fractures voice and perspective. Students will be assigned readings from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This is How You Lose Her. The instructor will email these readings to registered students a week before class. In class, we will discuss Díaz's novel and short stories, write short exercises, and glean lessons for our own work.

Part of GrubStreet's Reading Like a Writer Series, dedicated to the exploration of craft through the lenses of specific writers. For more classes in this series, click here.


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Sara Daniele Rivera
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Previous Students Say

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


  • Reading Homework
  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Reading
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • Generate New Work


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction

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