Skip to Content

Welcome!

If this is your first time on our new site, please !

Log-In

Forgot your password?

Don't have a Grub profile?

Enter your email and we'll send you directions on setting (or resetting) your password.

Submit

Wait, I remembered! Let me .

Enter your email, a password, and your name. We'll send you an activation link in an email.

Create your account here. Later you can fill out your full profile.

Sign-Up

Nevermind. I just need to .

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

Childhood Firsts: Early Life as Raw Material

No Longer Enrolling

  • $65.00 Non-Member
  • $55.00 Member

Class Description

Our earliest, rawest memories are among our most passionate, enduring and revealing. As a subject for literature, they never go out of style. Whether we are beginning writers or pros, working on poetry, fiction, memoir, or biography, these memories often lead to our most incandescent writing and help us identify resonant themes for our work. They can become the subject of a poem or chapter, or they can provide focus and shape to longer projects. As Flannery O’Connor famously said: “If you’ve survived your childhood, you have enough material to write about for the rest of your life.”

In this 3-hour seminar, we will plumb these memories for subjects for further writing. We will have the option to share some of these on the spot, and we will leave the class with new material and new insights into old material.

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!