Writing Outside of Your Lane: Novel Research Workshop - Remote!

6 Wednesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST), starting July 21st.
GrubStreet HQ (Remote)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

This course is for novelists who want to put more diversity in their stories in the most mindful and empathetic way they can, but would like guidance on the proper ways to approach their research. Over the course, each student will get at least two 50-minute, non-silencing, workshop-style sessions, in which they can share their current research struggles, triumphs, concerns, roadblocks, etc. These can include sharing story outlines and/or reading aloud a brief scene or passage, if applicable. Students will then assist in brainstorming potential research fixes, sources, ideas, and other related thoughts intended to help the workshoppee think through their current situation. Each class will also start with a research lesson and/or exercise related to accurate depictions of marginalized identities, as well as group discussion of the book we’ll be reading together as homework: JULIET TAKES A BREATH by Gabby Rivera.

This course is for novelists who have workshop experience, are acquainted with matters of craft, and who have already made some progress on a first draft.

Disclaimer: Please note that these sessions will NOT be sensitivity reads or workshopping pages simply for story or structure. Instead, these sessions are meant to guide students through their research processes so they can write outside of their lane with the most mindful accuracy they can. These sessions are not meant to prescriptively fix a novel, but rather teach a life skill.

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! 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 via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to pr[email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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.

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Milo Todd
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "High-Energy Class"
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Writing Homework
  • Reading Homework
  • Class Discussion
  • Generate New Work
  • Craft Lessons


  • The Novel
  • Professional Development & Skills

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