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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Intermediate

Crafting Fiction from Personal Experience

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  • $330.00 Non-Member
  • $305.00 Member

Class Description

In this six week class, you will learn the techniques for writing effective dialogue, blocking scenes, brainstorming ideas, creating character profiles, and transforming your life experiences into compelling fiction. In short, you will be exposed to the creative transformation where personal experience meets imagination. Over the six weeks, you will workshop two finished stories or novel excerpts for presentation and discussion. There will also be discussions of published stories and writing theory provided by the instructor, including work by such authors as:

  • Robin Hemley
  • Amy Hempel
  • James Joyce
  • Jamaica Kincaid
  • Ernest Hemingway

This course is geared toward beginner and intermediate writers.

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!