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

Short Fiction Essentials Series: Generating the Idea and Committing to It

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  • $130.00 Non-Member
  • $110.00 Member

Class Description

Where do you begin when you write a short story? Right here! This course is perfect for folks who don’t have the time for one of our multi-week courses but would like to study the essentials of creating short fiction. In this first section of our Short Fiction Essentials Series, we will start at the very beginning by discussing our current methods for generating ideas and completing fun prompts intended to get your creative juices flowing. We’ll find inspiration through a series of guided exercises and short readings that will help us start forming our ideas into scenes. Finally, we’ll informally workshop our new ideas. Students should arrive with notebooks and/or laptops (and any writing supplies you may need). Expect to leave with a great story idea (or two) that is full and complex enough to sustain a compelling narrative.

This is part of GrubStreet's Short Fiction Essentials Series, a series dedicated to the craft and process of writing short fiction from start to finish. Classes include:

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!