Writing Fiction from Real Life

$355.00
Members
$370.00
Non-members
6 Saturdays from 2:30pm-5:30pm, starting June 8th
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
12 seats max

For writers who feel overwhelmed by the notion of starting a story from nothing, the real world can provide a useful gateway into the fictional world. Plus, the art of shaping credible fiction often means that we look to the actual world around us for ideas and cues.


This six-week class will use personal experiences and observations to craft compelling fiction and characters. The first two classes will focus on in-class exercises, explorations, and low-key mini workshops of student work. The last four classes will focus on workshopping one longer work (up to 15 pages) by each student, along with in-class exercises and readings, as time allows. By the end of the course, students will have built several scenes and story starters along with one fuller draft ready for revision. They will also have a toolkit of practical approaches for translating real-life elements into fuel for their fiction.

Please note: Class does not meet July 13th. 

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.

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Instructor

Karina H van Berkum
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Previous Students Say

  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"

Elements

  • Workshop
  • In-Class Writing
  • Homework
  • Craft Lessons
  • Study Published Writing
  • Generate New Work

Genre

  • Short Fiction

Commitment Level

Medium

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