The Mechanics of Powerful Prose in Novels and Memoir - Remote!

Saturday, April 17th, 10:30am-1:30pm (EST)
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

Strong writing requires creativity. Powerful writing requires a red pen. Making the reader want to turn the page requires knowing the tools that sharpen your prose.
All creative works of prose—fiction, essay, nonfiction, memoir—benefit from knowing the underpinnings of robust writing. This workshop will use lecture and in-class writing to teach and illustrate:
* Techniques of sharp prose construction
* Making description unique
* Underpinnings of tension in prose
* How to write great dialogue
* Posing dramatic questions (and answering them)
* The power of first and last sentences
* Learning how to judge your work
* Concrete online tools to help sharpen your prose.
Participants should bring computers, the first page of a work in progress, notebook, pen.

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.

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Randy Susan Meyers
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