Writing the Immigrant Story - Remote!

8 Mondays from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST), starting June 7th
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 4 spots left!

This class will focus on the peculiar delights and challenges of migrant/immigrant fiction: incorporating different cultures, countries, and languages into a story, weaving together narratives of different generations, and addressing issues such as colonialism, racism, and xenophobia. In addition to workshopping students' stories, we'll spend time on writing exercises and in-depth discussions of published pieces. Depending on class enrollment, students will get to write and revise up to two full short stories and/or novel chapters. Writers whose work will guide us may include Kazuo Ishiguro, V. S. Naipaul, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Edwige Danticat, Julie Otsuka, W. G. Sebald, Garth Greenwell, Ha Jin, Sigrid Nunez, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Luis Alberto Urrea. 

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 [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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Shubha Sunder
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