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

The Child Narrator in Adult Fiction

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  • $130.00 Non-Member
  • $110.00 Member

Class Description

How do you make a child voice work for an adult audience? In this class, we will discuss why you would choose to use a kid’s voice to tell your story and how to make the voice work for you. We’ll talk about the importance of the telling point of your story and how to avoid the imitative fallacy. We will also discuss what distinguishes young adult fiction and adult fiction, beyond the age of your narrator. We’ll look at examples from Roddy Doyle, NoViolet Bulawayo, and Aryn Kyle, and we'll do an in-class writing exercise. By the end of class, you'll have a better understanding of why child narrators are useful in literary fiction and how to use a child's voice to your advantage in your work. Please bring a notebook or a laptop to class.

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!