In-Person

Seaport Seminar - Writing Critters: Animal Characters in Fiction and Nonfiction

$65.00
Members
$75.00
Non-members
Wednesday, October 27th, 6:00pm-9:00pm
GrubStreet HQ (50 Liberty Dr)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Please note that proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend this class. Please submit your proof of vaccination here at least 48 hours before your class begins. Read on to learn more about GrubStreet's vaccine protocol and find information about where to get vaccinated below.

About this Session

For as long as stories have existed, humans have included non-human animals in their tales (or shouldwe say... tails). From Anansi the Spider to Aesop's fables, from E.B. White's pig to Jean Craighead George's wolves, from Samantha Irby's cat to Sy Montgomery's octopus, animals show up in all forms of literature: fiction and nonfiction, adult and children's, poetry and prose, ancient and contemporary. This session will explore how authors approach writing about animals, both domesticated and wild, in both fiction and nonfiction, and address some of the common questions that come up when writing about non-humans: avoiding sentimentality, grappling with anthropomorphism, and developing animal characters that are more than thinly-veiled allegories. In addition to reading literary excerpts featuring animals, this session will include several writing exercises to help you tackle writing about your own feathered, scaly, or furry friend.

GrubStreet Vaccine Protocol

We are so excited to begin welcoming students into our new home at 50 Liberty Dr. in Boston this Fall! In our new building, proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for everyone visiting the second floor, where all classes will be held. This means that all students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to take classes with us in-person. Please submit your proof of vaccination here at least 48 hours before your class begins. If you are not able to fill out our vaccination form 48 hours before your class begins, please bring your vaccine card (or a photo of it) with you to the building. Please note that if you arrive for class and you have not filled out the form and do not have proof of vaccination with you, you will not be allowed to participate in the class. And don’t forget your mask! In accordance with the City of Boston, masks will be required at all times while inside the building.

Click here to read GrubStreet's full Vaccination and Masking Policy.


Need help getting vaccinated? It’s free and easy to receive a COVID-19 vaccine! Please visit Massachusetts’ VaxFinder page to find a vaccination site near you. If you'd like to learn more, you can read the answers to some commonly asked questions about COVID vaccination here.

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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Instructor

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E.B. Bartels
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Elements

  • Concept Development
  • Writing Homework
  • Reading Homework
  • Class Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Revision Assignments
  • Workshop
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • Generate New Work

Genre

  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction
  • Young Adult & Children's Literature
  • Poetry

Commitment Level

Low

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