Writing From Real Life: Creative Nonfiction - Remote!
Writers are observers, continually examining their lives and the lives of others. For memoir writers, and those who write in other genres, life experiences become the raw material of their creative work. In this six-week course, we will focus on the key challenges in our lives today and other hurdles we’ve overcome—in other words, difficult circumstances that might become the rich “raw material” for new work. We will discuss strategies for developing this material in a way that avoids the sentimental and general, and we'll look at a number of examples of how writers, including Sherman Alexie, Cheryl Strayed, Edwidge Danticat, George Hodgman, and others make meaning of difficult circumstances. By the end of the course, you will have worked through a topic and be well on your way to writing about it (and potentially others) in a thoughtful and critical way.
Please Note: Class will not meet on April 21st (Muse Conference).
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:
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.
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Previous Students Say
- "Supportive Environment"
- "Great for Newbies"
- "Inspired Me to Write More"
- Generate New Work
- Craft Lessons
- In-Class Writing
- Class Discussion
- Book-Length Memoir