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

The Memoir Series: Details! Details! Details!

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  • $65.00 Non-Member
  • $55.00 Member

Class Description

The fact that something is true doesn’t make it feel true. Verisimilitude is achieved on the page through the inclusion of strange details that elude readers' expectations and that can only come out of lived experience. It is our job as writers to try to find these fresh, precise details and avoid the sort of clichéd writing that makes readers' eyes glaze over. Through in-class writing exercises, and a close reading and discussion of work by Joe Brainard, Paul Auster, and Mary Karr we will discuss the sort of details that give writing it's spark and that makes private worlds come alive. Readers should expect to leave the class with a fresh perspective on their work and the beginnings of strong new material.

Part of the Memoir Series, which includes:

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!