What’s the Big (or Little) Idea?

$110.00
Members
$130.00
Non-members
Friday, October 10th, 10:00am-5:00pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
13 seats max

Do you have an idea for a memoir, cookbook, travelogue, self-help book, or other nonfiction project, but it’s not yet a great idea? Are you knee-deep in a project in which dozens of ideas are competing for space, and you don’t know how to make them cohere? Or do you already have a strong project, but it lacks a certain something that will make it stand out among the hundreds of pitches that agents and editors field each week?

This workshop will introduce numerous strategies and writing exercises that will help you discover, broaden, narrow, heighten, deepen, or redefine the core concept for your nonfiction project, with the goal of identifying a singular, clarifying idea that will organize it, tell you what belongs and doesn’t belong in it, and make it “pitchable.” Whether you are just beginning or are feeling mired in a long-term effort, you will leave this session with a fresh perspective on your project. Bring to the workshop any working material, and please email lauren@grubstreet.org with a project title/subtitle, a one- or two-sentence “tagline,” and, if possible, a 200-word synopsis by 5:00pm on October 8th.

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Instructor

Matthew Frederick
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Previous Students Say

  • "Inundated with Great Info"
  • "Lots of Practical Tips"

Elements

  • Class Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Workshop
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • Generate New Work

Genre

  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction

Commitment Level

Low

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