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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

3 Hours, 3 Beginnings

No Longer Enrolling

  • $65.00 Non-Member
  • $55.00 Member

Class Description

When we’re in a rut and out of ideas, starting a story can be the hardest part. We may find ourselves writing the same kinds of situations and characters, not realizing it’s time for inspiration. In this seminar, suitable for all levels of experience, we’ll read three published stories, look at a number of craft elements working particularly well in each, and use them as prompts for writing our own work. Whether it’s an actual beginning, a list of things a character doesn’t remember, a departure into dream logic, or a scene describing an unlikely friendship, by the end of three hours, you will leave with three fresh ideas, either seeds for new stories or a fresh angle on an existing piece.

You'll have a chance to share the work you write in class for on-the-spot feedback from the instructor and peers, but the focus will be on generative writing.

Scholarships Format/Location

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 detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!