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

Writing with the Self as Witness

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

Writing with a witness consciousness creates more cognitive space, alchemizes our experiences, and hones observational skills that allow us to access the emotion needed to give our writing both its grace and its grit. In this multi-genre workshop, we will weave our individual life experiences into engaging and evocative writing. Through discussion, in class reading, and generative writing exercises, we will explore ways of giving voice to the inner “seer”—"Self as Witness”— in order to recount and reconcile the sacred, mundane, and even profane in our own personal lives and the larger collective with more self-compassion and empathy. With specific focus on the craft elements of perspective, associative leaping, imagery, and sensory detail, you will develop tools that will serve your current writing projects, inspire ways of approaching new ones, and enhance your sense of connection to the larger collective.

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. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

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!