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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 3 Weeks

4 Weeks, 4 Stories: The Tune of the Main Character

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  • $250.00 Non-Member
  • $240.00 Member

Class Description

Put yourself in a position to generate new work with this rapid-fire series of deadlines, readings, and feedback from peers. In this course for fiction writers, you'll use writing prompts and strict word-count limits (500-1000 words) to create new short stories—or the beginnings of stories—and submit your work for discussion. In a twist, we'll focus on a character (major or minor) you create in our first session and expand that character throughout the course as we explore different aspects of craft each week (plot, setting, structure, dialog, etc.). We'll use these elements to put characters in a variety of situations to see how they perform, perhaps change, and challenge us as writers. We'll also read published stories to help focus our discussion of various elements of fiction writing. The authors we will read may include James Baldwin, Lydia Davis, George Saunders, Alice Munro, David Eagleman, Han Ong, and Zadie Smith. At the end of the course, you'll take away four stories (or beginnings) and a better understanding of craft to apply as you revise.

Class Format

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!

Scholarship Information

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 more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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!