New Class!

Speculative Series: Building an Arc - Remote!

Saturday, August 28th from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
See Map
Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
14 seats max
Only 1 spot left!

Building an Arc isn’t just something legendary figures do before a huge flood sweeps over the world (though it may come to that… in your story at least). It’s also a great way for writers to think about character. After all, many of the stories we come back to as readers again and again have, at their center, a narrative of change. But the change arc, while compelling, can be over simplified. Not all change is positive. Not all change arcs end in a return with an elixir, or an ultimate boon. And a story’s climax isn’t the only place transformation happens.

In this class, we’ll dig into different possible change arcs and identify how they’ve been used in familiar works, interrogating why some arcs are so familiar and others less often told. Plus, we’ll touch on how these arcs can influence one another, and ways to weave different arcs together to create a layered and dynamic story. You’ll gain a new awareness of the different paths your characters can take, and the skills to apply these techniques to your protagonist to give them direction—even if the only place that direction points them is to realizing they were on the right track all along.

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.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

  • -


grubstreet Image
Stephanie K Brownell
See Bio

Previous Students Say

  • "Inspired Me to Write More"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"


  • Concept Development
  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Reading
  • Lecture
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Generate New Work


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction

Commitment Level



Need a scholarship?

Learn more
How to Write and Sell the Narrative Personal Essay
read more
Informing Through Personal Essay
read more
6 Weeks, 6 Essays: Section B
read more