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(CANCELLED) WDtS Online: Writing Fiction From the Diaspora

4 Mondays from 11:00am-1:00pm (EST), Starting November 7th
Online: Zoom
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Adult (18+)
30 seats max

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

(This class is cancelled)

How do you write your story when you are torn between languages? For many Diasporic writers, this urgent question is the key to understanding their own narrative voice and style. In this bilingual workshop, we will read work by authors who write from their respective diasporas, including Edwidge Danticat, Aimee Phan, Pik Shuen-Fung, Jamaica Kincaid, and others. We will learn from their approaches and write to prompts designed to liberate our narrative mindsets into creative expression. Participants will leave with at least one draft of a short story written from their own diasporic experience. All writers of all experience are welcome!

Escribiendo Ficción Desde la Diáspora (Un Taller de Ficción)

4 lunes a partir del 7 de noviembre

 ¿Cómo escribes tu historia cuando te divides entre idiomas? Para muchos escritores de la diáspora, esta pregunta urgente es la clave para comprender su propia voz y estilo narrativo. En este taller bilingüe, leeremos trabajos de autores que escriben desde sus respectivas diásporas, incluidos: Edwidge Danticat, Aimee Phan, Pik Shuen-Fung, Jamaica Kincaid y otros. Estudiaremos y a prenderemos de sus enfoques, y escribiremos usando ejercicios creativos diseñados para liberar nuestra mentalidad narrativa en expresión creativa. Los participantes se irán con al menos la base de un cuento, escrito utilizando su propia experiencia diaspórica. ¡Todos los escritores de toda experiencia son bienvenidos!

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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Rolando Lopez
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Previous Students Say

  • Diverse Reading Assignments
  • Inspired Me to Write More
  • Supportive Environment


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction

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