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Writing About Place: Boston

6 Sundays from 6:00-9:00pm, starting September 20th
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

What does it mean to write about place? Specifically, what does it mean to write about the city in which we live? In this course, students will use the anthology Our Boston as a jumping-off point to craft their own pieces about specific places and experiences in our city. We'll review the perspectives of authors such as Jabari Asim and Pico Iyer, and also look at other place-based writing, such as Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge. We'll take some field trips to popular destinations to see how we each write differently about the same location, and students will also pick a Boston locale of their own to write about over the course of the summer, visiting it at different times of day and focusing on different aspects of the place, including the people that visit it, its history, its place in the city, and the students' own connection to it. The course will culminate in a final presentation of these place-specific writings. Students will come away from the course with the perspective and tools necessary to write about any place in the world, and with a newfound appreciation for Boston.

Before the first class, students should purchase Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love, edited by Andrew Blauner (Mariner Books).

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This class enabled me to discover so much about Boston's history, residents, transformation, and my place among all of that. An enriching class!
- Elizabeth Christopher


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Jennifer Crystal
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Previous Students Say

  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"
  • "Interactive"


  • Concept Development
  • Computer or Tablet Recommended
  • Writing Homework
  • Reading Homework
  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Reading
  • Lecture
  • Revision Assignments
  • Workshop
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons


  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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