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

Writing About Family

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  • $0.00 Non-Member
  • $0.00 Member

Class Description

“I’ve been wanting to write about the women in my family for some time, but haven’t known where to start,” says the narrator of a short story by Argentinian writer Pola Oloixarac. Can you relate? Whether you want to write fiction or nonfiction, writing about family can be complicated. How do you shape your story? How can you make complex relationships make sense on the page and write without nostalgia or sentimentality? In this short workshop, you will look at examples from both fiction and memoir, write new material, and have the opportunity to discuss your work.

The class will be given in English, but participants writing in all languages are welcome.

This is a FREE class and takes place at the Boston Public Library's East Boston branch, 365 Bremen St, Boston, MA 02128 If you have any difficulty signing up online, please call 617-695-0075.

Families welcome. Coffee and snacks provided. Teens are welcome to attend with an older relative. We will provide simple activities to keep young children occupied.

Who Should Register?

Write Down the Street has a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible to those who have been underrepresented in it due to cost, racism, immigration status, language access, lack of access to transportation, and other barriers. We believe that these 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.

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.