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

Writing: Working with Silence

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

What relationship does your work have with what is not on the page? How do you use the power of the unsaid to highlight the power of the said? When do you use silence and when do you break silence in your writing? And what are the social and political implications of writing in and through silences.
These questions are particularly urgent today.
From poems that work with white space on the page, to thrillers that leave readers eager to turn the page, to memoirs where the younger self might not yet have the tools to name what is happening, a wide variety of writing employs the technique of not saying. In this seminar, we’ll explore how to work explicitly with what is not said on the page to give more depth to what is said.

We’ll explore ways in which the unsaid can add new layers and dimensions to your writing. We’ll classify different reasons and techniques for leaving things out—from writing about trauma to working with the spiritual to creating a wordless understanding with the readers—and we'll look at specific examples in a wide range of authors such as Elena Ferrante, Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Jimmy Santiago Baca, and others.
There will be time to explore these ideas through class writing prompts and time to get feedback on your writing.
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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.

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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!