WDtS Mattapan: Outlining

Saturday, November 20th, 12:00pm to 1:30pm (EST)
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 are many thoughts on the outline. 

That nobody follows an outline completely, which may be true as storytelling is both creation and discovery. 

That outlining a story removes the opportunity to be surprised, and if the story doesn’t surprise the author it won’t surprise anyone. 

That outlines are the death of creativity.

For years, I was a panster, never planning ahead for anything I wrote. And what I’ve learned about a story outline is that it operates as a loose first draft. The outline leaves gaps that need to be filled in and ideas that need to be expanded and more colorfully illustrated because, as Hemingway said, “The first draft is shit.”

In Understanding the Outline, we look at different outlining approaches and use them with prompts to discover which ones best fit our individual storytelling styles. This class is for beginner and experienced writers alike. Newcomers and dabblers are encouraged to join.

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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