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

Jumpstart Your Writing

No Longer Enrolling

  • $300.00 Non-Member
  • $285.00 Member

Class Description

This course has a very clear mission: devote three hours of your week to writing. Through a series of fun, directed writing exercises, in an environment supportive of both new and experienced writers, we will generate drafts of fiction and nonfiction. This particular class is focused on creating material rich with sensory detail and cultural and historical context. We will also spend time defining characters, sketching out scenes, and finding narrative voice. You'll examine visual art and film, eavesdrop, do close readings of work by authors like Shirley Jackson, Patrick Chamoiseau, Mercè Rodoreda, and Edwidge Danticat—and write a ton. Discussions will focus on the writing process and identifying what in your drafts is most compelling and worth developing further. Note that this is not a course in the fundamentals of fiction and nonfiction, but an opportunity for beginners and more experienced writers to generate new material.

Note: Class will not meet on Oct 20th.

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply, click the "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button in the top right corner of this page. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your scholarship application and await our Scholarship Committee's decision before registering for the class. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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!