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

Writing Craft: Reading Like a Writer

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Class Description

One of the best ways to grow as a writer is to “go to school” on the brilliant and powerful work of your favorite writers. But how do you even do that? In this workshop, we’ll briefly examine short excerpts from works of fiction and memoir, taking apart sentences and structure to really learn what’s behind that magic the writer makes on the page. Then you’ll take what you’ve learned to your own work and try out one of these techniques for yourself. The instructor will also offer resources and help you develop some skills to hunt down those specific stories, books and writers that will be especially useful for you.

About the Writing Craft Series
This new series of drop-in workshops explores creative writing tools and techniques that both new and experienced writers might grapple with. For an hour, the instructor will lead the group through a reading, discussion, and writing exercise designed to deepen your understanding of a specific element of storytelling craft. All are welcome, but those with some experience with writing fiction or creative nonfiction might get more out of these workshops.

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.