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

Dancing with Our Demons: Cultivating Attitudes and Practices That Keep Us Writing

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

Sure, it’s nice to wear your pee-jays to work, but that hardly makes the writer’s job easy. Writers must contend with daily frustrations, frequent rejections, hurtful comments, loneliness, recurring self-doubts, and crises of faith—not to mention a notable lack of remuneration! It’s no surprise that many writers—even wildly talented, well-schooled ones—drop out of the game somewhere along the way. How to hang in there over a lifetime—and (mostly) enjoy the run—that’s the focus of this 3 hour workshop.

Through structured dialogues and tailored writing exercises, students will have the opportunity to identify those often barely conscious thoughts that impede productivity. We’ll then move onto to sharing our collective wisdom about strategies, tools, tricks, and habits of mind and life that help us tame our egos, build confidence and humility, get us unstuck, and enable us to persist in the marathon that writing is.

To prepare, students might want to look at The 7 Secrets of the Prolific by Grub Street’s own Hillary Rettig.

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!