Special Topics in Nonfiction

Writing About Religion

6 Sundays from 6:00-9:00pm, starting September 24th
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Faith—finding it, losing it, fighting wars over it, or having nothing to do with it—provides rich fodder for writers. In this six-week course, students will 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? Which topics resonate with literary journals, magazines, and online religion-oriented or mainstream publications? Each week, day, students will do free write exercises to develop different techniques, including crafting a descriptive scene, the use of dialogue, and building suspense. Your goal for the course is to write one to two polished essays with religion as the theme. The essays, which may stem from one of the free write exercises, will be workshopped in class and critiqued by the instructor.

Please Note: Class will not meet on Oct. 8th. Class ends on November 5th.

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply, click the "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button in the top right corner of this pageIn order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your scholarship application and await our Scholarship Committee's decision before registering for the class. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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Linda K. Wertheimer
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  • Lecture
  • Workshop
  • Instructor Feedback
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  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction

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