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  • Seminar
  • In-Person: Seaport
  • Adult (18+)

Beginnings & Endings for BIPOC Writers

No Longer Enrolling

  • $170.00 Non-Member
  • $150.00 Member

Class Description

How to begin and end a novel can seem elusive, frustrating, and out of reach. Join this class taught by a skilled editor who will demystify how to craft beginnings and endings. In this day-long session, you will be introduced to several entryways and craft choices that cater to your unique voice as we probe the mechanics of a book’s opening and ending paragraphs. We will analyze successful beginnings and endings of several novels, including Ocean Vuong, Percival Everett, Cherie Dimaline, Jhumpa Lahiri and others. Writers should bring ideas and a draft of their beginnings and endings to work on during this session. Even if you don’t have a draft of a beginning or ending, you’ll leave with one!

This class opens up a space for BIPOC writers to write in a community that energizes the writing process, steering clear of traditional workshop pitfalls that can be inhibiting and often silencing. All genres of novels welcome!

Class Format

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.

Covid-19 Update:

GrubStreet's space will be mask optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in-person.

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.

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 in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.


Covid-19 Update:

GrubStreet's space will be mask-optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in person.


Space Accessibility:

Our space is ADA accessible with automatic door openers, ADA-compliant restrooms, desk and table spacing, braille signage, and elevator. Our classrooms can be equipped with ALS for hard of hearing individuals. We cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. For more accessibility requests, please contact our Operations team at [email protected] or (617) 695-0075.