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

Writing the Novella

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

This creative writing workshop is devoted to the novella, a classic form that has gained popularity in recent years. During the first half of the workshop, students will examine and discuss the essential features and craftsmanship of the novella form, drawing from examples including How to Escape from a Leper Colony by Tiphanie Yanique, Passing by Nella Larsen, Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks, and Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, while discussing what sets the novella apart from the short story and novel, and how craft plays an essential role in this particular form. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their own novella manuscripts during the second half of the workshop, with a focus on outlining, revision techniques, and achieving the condensed focus necessary for the novella form.

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!