Online: Zoom

Writing Fiction from Real Life

$490.00
Members
$510.00
Non-members
8 Wednesdays, from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST), starting June 8th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
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 eight-week course will use personal experiences and observations to craft compelling fiction and characters. Every class will include in-class writing exercises, readings, and craft-related discussions. In the first half of the course, students will share and discuss writing they've generated in-class. In the latter half of the course, we'll workshop one longer work (up to 15 pages) from each student. In this class, you'll read works by authors such as, but not limited to: Mary Karr, Anchee Min, Beth Kephart, and Alexander Chee.



Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!



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.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

Instructor

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Peter Medeiros
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"

Elements

  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Workshop
  • Revision Assignments
  • Lecture
  • Class Discussion
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework

Genre

  • Short Fiction

Commitment Level

Medium

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