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

Can I Write That? Going to the Forbidden Places in Fiction and Non-Fiction

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  • $65.00 Non-Member
  • $55.00 Member

Class Description

Many of the greatest books on earth have endured specifically because their authors were willing to write about subjects that we all think about but that society has classified as taboo. Without exception, the decision to write about these subjects liberated them and took their work to the next level. In this seminar, we'll ask students to do the same thing, by looking at examples from Cheryl Strayed, Nabokov, Jeannette Walls, and others, and doing an in-class exercise. The class will be especially useful for writers who have been struggling to allow themselves to write about topics that feel forbidden, but should be fun regardless. Come ready to let it rip.

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. 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!

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!