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

Taking the Imaginative Leap: Writing Outside Your Experience

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  • $130.00 Non-Member
  • $110.00 Member

Class Description

This seminar, open to fiction writers of all levels, will provide the chance to stretch your imagination and write outside your own experience. Many writers feel hesitant to take this leap, but whether writing historical fiction or telling the stories of characters from different identities, we often feel compelled to do so. After closely reading examples, working through inspiring prompts and exercises, and sampling some outstanding excerpts of published work by authors such as Anthony Doerr, Nam Le, and Toni Morrison, you will have the courage and skills to set your imagination loose.

Part of GrubStreet's Elements of Craft series, dedicated to exploring craft issues on a deeper level. 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!