WDtS Mattapan: Building the Climactic Scene

Saturday, July 24th, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Boston Neighborhoods (Remote)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
20 seats max

This class is free and you do not need to pay or apply for a scholarship. Instead, to join this class fill out this form. DO NOT use any of the other buttons or links to apply to this class.

There is a common misconception that a story’s climax has to be a nail-biting affair. But the right climactic scene might be a quiet conversation, a heartbreaking moment of reflection, or several scenes—or chapters—strung together. A compelling climax presents many opportunities: Putting the protagonist through a trial which reveals their character. Wrapping up the story’s goals. Producing a life-changing decision or intriguing debate. And, perhaps above all, the climax can reveal whether the main character attains, or is denied, the objective which initiated their adventure.

Building the Climactic Scene is a 90-minute drop-in class where we’ll discuss what the climax does for the story, the many ways we can approach, and what threatens to make a story anti-climactic.

As part of GrubStreet's Write Down the Street community program, writers based near the Egleston or Mattapan Branches of the Boston Public Library can take this drop-in class. 

Who Should Register?

Write Down the Street has a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible to those who face challenges due to cost, language skills, lack of access to transportation, and other barriers. We believe that all voices must be spotlighted with the range and fullness they deserve.

These programs are offered tuition-free thanks to the support of generous donors who are committed to our mission of ensuring all voices are heard.

About GrubStreet Remote Classes

GrubStreet will be hosting all of our classes remotely from now through the end of the summer. We’ve decided as a staff that the best thing we can do for our community is to follow the advice of public health experts, and participate in the social distancing that’s recommended to help slow the spread of disease. 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! You’ll receive an email from your instructor on the day your class is scheduled 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:

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Quentin Lucas
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