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

Writing the Hard Truths

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  • $130.00 Non-Member
  • $110.00 Member

Class Description

Exploring ways to approach difficult topics in memoir and narrative non-fiction, artfully and with compassion, we’ll write about the things most people don’t want to talk about: death, traumatic events, and taboo subjects in ways that will be digestible to the reader although the subject matter is a hard dose to swallow. We will not be writing with intent on psychotherapeutic results, though this is often the byproduct when difficult experiences and situations are the subject matter we plumb for story. Craft comes first; crisis is merely the setting for our narratives.

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!