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

Gonzo and Immersion Writing

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  • $330.00 Non-Member
  • $305.00 Member

Class Description

Attention all writer-adventurers! Hankering to try out something you've never done before and write about your experiences in a gripping, entertaining, moving, and funny narrative? Whether you want rock climb, swing on a trapeze, embark on a quest for the perfect falafel, hike across Boston, conduct an experiment, investigate topic first-hand, go on a trip, or infiltrate a top-secret group, this workshop is for the writer who wants to try out narrative journalism --- immersion writing, also known as "gonzo" or "stunt" journalism.

First, we'll read, analyze, and be inspired by masters such as A. J. Jacobs, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Bryson, Robin Hemley, Daniel Nester, and writers for Salon and Slate. Then, students will learn, via small assignments and field exercises, the basics of personal field reporting, researching and interviewing, and learn the best techniques to tell a personal "gonzo" narrative. Next, students will design their own "stunt"—some trip/quest/experiment/investigation—and get out there and do it. After completing their field research, they'll write their wild and unpredictable experiences into stories, which we'll workshop. Great for adventurous souls wanting to write about travel, food, sports, self-improvement, pop culture, and politics, who want to interweave their own experiences with something they're passionate or curious about. Bring your hiking boots, scuba gear, frying pans, Advil, and waterproof reporter's notebooks.

*Note: There may be a break in the class meeting schedule after the first two classes to best accommodate outside class work.

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!