Writing Fiction from Real Life

$340.00
Members
$355.00
Non-members
6 Thursdays from 10:30am-1:30pm, starting October 26th
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: Introductory
This class is full

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. Class readings may include such authors as:

  • Roberto Bolano
  • Aleksandar Hemon
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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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Instructor

Stacy Mattingly
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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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