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

Limit Your Writing, Expand Your Imagination

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  • $65.00 Non-Member
  • $55.00 Member

Class Description

One of the great things about fiction is that we can write about anything. One of the overwhelming (and occasionally paralyzing) drawbacks of fiction ... is that we can write about anything. If the choices are truly infinite, where do we even start?

But what if, in the words of writer Gilbert K. Chesteron, art consists of limitation? After all, writers are always under restrictions of some kind, from word count and the amount of time we have to write, to genre and our attempts to appeal to an audience. Isn't it time we freed ourselves from choice overload and made limitations work in our favor?

In this three-hour class, you will be given a series of tightly controlled writing prompts that will force your creativity to bloom in new ways. Whether you're new to writing and looking for a place to start, or an old pro looking to mix things up, this class will provide the challenges, and you will turn them into creative opportunities. We will also spend part of the class reading the resulting pages aloud so that we can learn from each other's experiences.

No preparation is necessary for this class. Just bring your laptop or paper and pen(cil) and get ready to write!

Part of GrubStreet's "Get Writing" series, dedicated to helping writers jumpstart their creative minds. For more on this series' offerings, click here.

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!