Special Topics in Nonfiction

Writing About Religion

Tuesday, December 8th, from 6:00-9:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
13 seats max
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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 three-hour seminar, we’ll 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 seminar, open to writers of all levels, will include a writing exercise with religion as the focus and brainstorming of ideas.

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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This class was great for generating ideas and/or clarifying ideas on religion that are marketable. Exposure to other student's writing styles on the topic was helpful, as was everyone's feedback
- Beth Knaus


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Linda K. Wertheimer
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  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • 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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