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

Novel Revision Series: Image Systems

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

An image system is a set of related descriptive details adding up to a resonant constellation of meaning within a story or a novel. Image systems are an important but infrequently discussed technique for crafting subliminally powerful fiction. Hidden patterns that appeal to the deep-rooted human affinity for unity and order, image systems can contribute much to a gripping and emotionally satisfying reading experience. But they must be organic to the story in question, and they must be used with great subtlety and skill. In this practical, interactive craft talk, we’ll use passages from modern and classic novelists to illustrate the uses of image systems, and we'll discuss ways to recognize and harness material that may already exist within your own work-in-progress to increase its thematic resonance and impact.



Class Format

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!



Scholarship Information

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 more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, 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!