Online: Zoom

Why Am I Not Writing? Cultivating a Writing Practice

Saturday, October 15th, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

The skill of craft and the cultivation of a writing practice are a marriage. A writer cannot have one without the other. Writers push full steam ahead to learn craft, and often lose steam while writing. MFAs don't typically teach their students how to cultivate a lifelong, generative writing practice. "Just sit down & write" is the least sustainable piece of writing advice. Your daily rhythm, your inner voices, and your unique life situations are the vital threads that can be the motivation and path to writing, not your saboteurs. 

This session is for those who can't seem to figure out how to break through, inconsistently going through stop and starts, or anyone with a project longing to be completed who just doesn't know how to start writing again. From the lens of a writer and editor, this session will encourage writers to go deeper and interrogate their relationship to their creative practice. Writing prompts & readings will lead to self-reflection and guidance, and help tap into that inner fire that can be utilized to identify why you're not writing right now—and how to begin.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. 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!

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.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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Asata Radcliffe
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Previous Students Say

  • "Lots of Practical Tips"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"


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  • Class Discussion


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  • Short Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
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