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

Translating Reality to Nonfiction

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

Crónicas’ and memoirs, non-fiction, true stories: call them what you want when playing this game in which we examine reality from literary forms. Because when writing nonfiction, there are many ways we translate reality: how we build scenes, dialogues, descriptions, plot twists, writing from various points of view.

In this seminar, we are going to study episodes, people, experiences, territories, feelings. All real and all subjective. No commonplaces, but a multiple and diverse horizon where any true story can appear: from surfing as a lifestyle to the NYC riots of 1977, from a slow journey of a backpacker to the death of 72 million bees in Argentina. This seminar will help you identify these stories from your own life while also looking towards examples of nonfiction stories that depict nearly unbelievable realities. We will analyze non-fiction stories by Emmanuel Carrère, Gabriela Wiener, Frank Goldman, Laura Lazzarino, and more. Students can expect to write from life and generate the starts to nonfiction stories in a supportive environment.

By the end of class, you will be able to identify strong examples of a good story, obtain a better understanding of interpreted realities, and write in a hybrid, honest way.

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 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. 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!