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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom

Advanced Fiction Workshop

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  • $585.00 Non-Member
  • $560.00 Member

Class Description

Thinking about getting an MFA? Feeling ready to publish? In this intensive forum, we will polish or complete at least two short works of fiction. Through drafting and workshop discussion, we'll practice building and applying elements of craft like point of view, momentum, dialogue, and time and scope. We’ll examine how to develop these elements of craft both on a sentence level and structurally as part of a complete story. We'll discuss authorial intention, reader expectations, and how we, as writers, can ensure that each of our stories shows our readers on how they want to be read. The class will consist primarily of extensive peer workshops along with close examination of published short fiction chosen to illustrate novel approaches to craft.

This course is open to students working on short fiction and flash fiction. We will be in the company of other serious writers and an experienced instructor dedicated to giving comprehensive and insightful feedback. Only students who have taken previous fiction workshops at GrubStreet or elsewhere should apply. Space is limited to 9 students in order to foster a closer, more intense and more rigorous learning experience. Published authors we'll read may include Anthony Veasna So, Julie Otsuka, Charles D'Ambrosio and David Bezmozgis.

Important dates:

This application deadline is Monday, May 20th by 11:59pm (EST).

The payment deadline for admitted students is Monday, May 27th.

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!