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  • Seminar
  • Boston Neighborhoods: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

WDtS Mattapan: The Story’s Sledgehammer

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Class Description

This class is free and you do not need to pay or apply for a scholarship. Instead, to join this class fill out this form. DO NOT use any of the other buttons or links to apply to this class.

In a YouTube video, a screenwriter once doubted the value of overanalyzing the storytelling process. Before there were workshops, outlines, and structures, there were people sitting around fires just telling stories. The screenwriter went on to say that storytellers should just tell their stories and then hit their stories with a sledgehammer later to see if their story holds up.

The metaphorical sledgehammer is the analytical landscape of our modern storytelling world. Are the characters believable? Does the plot hold up? Are there anticlimactic details? In The Story’s Sledgehammer we’ll enjoy a quick story on YouTube to use as a control and put our stories through a series of questions to see how they do or do not hold up, and further explore what qualities are needed to keep a story intact after being battered with a sledgehammer. While this approach sounds intense, it can actually be fun, explorational, and expansive.

This class is for beginner and experienced writers alike. Newcomers and dabblers are encouraged to join.

Who Should Register?

Write Down the Street has a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible to those who face challenges due to cost, language skills, lack of access to transportation, and other barriers. We believe that all voices must be spotlighted with the range and fullness they deserve.

These programs are offered tuition-free thanks to the support of generous donors who are committed to our mission of ensuring all voices are heard.

About GrubStreet Remote Classes

GrubStreet will be hosting all of our classes remotely from now through the end of the summer. We’ve decided as a staff that the best thing we can do for our community is to follow the advice of public health experts, and participate in the social distancing that’s recommended to help slow the spread of disease. You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! You’ll receive an email from your instructor on the day your class is scheduled with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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.