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

Dark Night of the Soul: Using Reflection to Create a Powerful Finale

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

The key to a satisfying finale is a deep, sincere moment of reflection. Some refer to this moment as the "Dark Night of the Soul." It's the culminating moment for the protagonist to learn their "lesson" and determine how to move forward to achieve their goal (or not). Writing a culminating Dark Night of the Soul scene takes some truth-telling and vulnerability. Have you laid the groundwork to write a truly effective scene?

This class will explore how character and plot combine to create a strong and resonant Dark Night of the Soul moment in your story. We'll look at examples of how scenes have come together in different genres and explore how to make an impactful scene through dialogue, description, and character action.

Writers of all fiction genres are welcome. Bring characters and stories with you or come with a fresh idea.

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!