Shaping Your Fiction: Providence

6 Thursdays, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, starting September 26th
School One, Providence, RI
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Short fiction comes in all shapes, and you, as the author, have control over how you structure the narrative. Will you tell your story through letters or diaries entries? Will it read more like a parable? Will your plot be linear or episodic? In this course, we will explore the many “containers” that can hold a story. Through in-class exercises you will experiment with different forms, learning techniques to apply in your fiction. We will read and deconstruct the work of contemporary authors Ha Jin, Tim O’Brien, Carmen Maria Machado and Alice Munro, as well as the classic work of Flannery O’Conner and Eudora Welty. By the end of the course, you will more fully understand how the choices you make in structure affect other fictional elements, such as point of view, characterization and scene development. 

Please note: Class will not meet on October 31st.

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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Tina Egnoski
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Previous Students Say

  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"


  • Workshop
  • In-Class Writing
  • Homework
  • Craft Lessons
  • Study Published Writing
  • Generate New Work


  • Short Fiction

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