New Class!

What is Voice, Anyway? (2-part) - Remote!

2 Fridays, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST) starting on November 5th.
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Have you ever wondered why it’s so easy to recognize famous authors’ voices, but so hard to describe your own? Why does it feel like other authors can “get away” with phrases that sound pretentious when you use them? Where does your natural writing voice come from, and what is it, anyway?

In this two-day workshop inspired by Lynda Barry’s Syllabus, we’ll use unconventional writing and listening exercises, and perform close readings of published stories by authors (including Carmen Maria Machado, George Saunders, Helen Oyeyemi, Sally Rooney and others) to uncover the elements of your personal writing voice. You’ll leave with a sharper ear for voice in the stories you read, as well as a better understanding of your own writing style.

This is a fun, playful class that requires students to write a lot and be willing to share new work with the class. Students should bring to the first class a 1-page excerpt by a published writer whose voice inspires them.

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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Kayleigh Shoen
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "High-Energy Class"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • In-Class Reading
  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Writing


  • Short Fiction
  • Professional Development & Skills

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