Special Topics in Nonfiction

Writing About Religion

Saturday, February 6th, from 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Religion ranks right up there with sex and money as a taboo topic at cocktail parties, but faith—finding it, losing it, fighting wars over it, or having nothing to do with it—provides rich fodder for writers. In this six-hour workshop, we’ll first analyze essays of varying length about religion by authors such as Dani Shapiro, Bret Lott, and others, and pose questions for discussion. What does it take to craft a successful essay about religion? How do you avoid sounding preachy? Where can you pitch your articles and essays on religion? Which topics resonate with literary journals, magazines, and even national parenting blogs that pay? The first half of the seminar will focus on instruction and discussion, including a writing exercise with religion as the focus and brainstorming of ideas. The second half will include writing a 600-800 word essay or religion-based op-ed, getting feedback, and leaving class with a mostly polished piece of work. 

Part of GrubStreet's Special Topics in Nonfiction, a group of classes dedicated to exploring different craft elements of creative nonfiction. For more class offerings, click here.


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Linda K. Wertheimer
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  • Reading Homework
  • Class Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Workshop
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Craft Lessons
  • Generate New Work


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

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