New Class!

Writing for Public Space

6 Saturdays from 2:00pm-5:00pm, starting June 17th
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
13 seats max

This class deals with writing meant to be read beyond the page and the internet. Stories, poems, text fragments, and the writing process itself are often integral to public art, community-based arts projects, and socially-engaged practice. They may appear as part of murals and video projections, on signage, in audio recordings, and printed on sidewalks. These forms of writing can make community narratives more visible; pose questions about language, civic life, history, and social change; and create wonder and lyricism in everyday life. MassPoetry’s Raining Poetry and Poetry on the T initiatives are two recent examples of the increasing visibility of text-as-public-art in Boston. Writers in this class will enter that communal arts landscape by studying sample projects and experimenting with text meant for specific public sites. 

The class is open to writers, artists, educators, and community organizers at any level of experience. Participants will work individually and collaboratively to brainstorm writing-based projects--either hypothetical or real--for their communities. Everyone will leave class with either a project concept or a more developed project proposal. Class activities include sessions at GrubStreet as well as excursions out into sites and neighborhoods that may include Faneuil Hall, Boston Harbor's Peddocks Island, and Egleston Square / JP Porchfest. Course instructors Sara Daniele Rivera and Denise Delgado are writers and multidisciplinary artists whose projects incorporate place-based narratives and text.

Note: Class on June 24 will run 2-6pm and include a boat ride and event on Boston Harbor's Peddocks Island.

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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Sara Daniele Rivera
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  • Concept Development
  • Writing Homework
  • Reading Homework
  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Reading
  • Lecture
  • Inspiration
  • Revision
  • Revision Assignments
  • Workshop
  • In-Class Writing
  • Homework
  • Craft Lessons
  • Generate New Work


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction
  • Publishing & Promotion
  • Poetry
  • Professional Development & Skills

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