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

Diversity and Identity in the Creative Writing Workshop: Building Better Spaces: Session 1

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  • $0.00 Non-Member
  • $0.00 Member

Class Description

Increasing diversity of every kind is transforming the world of writing and the classroom. As a result, issues of identity and power have become increasingly important. In this seminar, designed exclusively for GrubStreet instructors, you will have an opportunity to learn more about our current cultural environment and the shifting political, social, and demographic realities we should all keep in mind when teaching creative writing. Through lecture and group discussion, we’ll explore particular strategies to navigate a diverse student body and leverage the power that these voices have in making workshops a more dynamic and inclusive experience. These sessions will be highly interactive, leaving you with real tools and ideas for making your classes brave, rich, and vibrant spaces. Come to one or both!


Session 1: Building Better Spaces
Examine the current cultural shifts happening in America and what they mean for writing and teaching. Building on that knowledge, we will workshop strategies for making your class space inclusive for students of any identity and background.

Session 2: The Power of Voice
Diversity can bring new perspectives and fresh ideas to a class. We’ll discuss how to develop teaching strategies and class activities that leverage the diversity in your workshops and enable students to safely bring their identity and experiences into your classroom.

NOTE: If your example is of a student’s work, please do not include the student’s name or any other identifying information to respect their privacy. This seminar is ONLY for Grub instructors.

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!