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

Jumpstart Your Writing in 4 Weeks: Online

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  • $225.00 Non-Member
  • $215.00 Member

Class Description

Change into your pajamas, make some tea, and join us online for a class devoted to jumpstarting (or reanimating) your writing! Through engaging writing exercises, we will mine our experiences and imagination for material and bring what we find to life on the page, constructing characters and settings, shaping vivid dialogue, creating imagery, and exploring the nuances of voice. The online edition of this course will facilitate deep discussion of craft, reflective responses on the process of writing, and a focus on building a writing community through a digital interface—to be pursued with self-discipline and at your own weekly place. Craft talks will be delivered through Grub’s WetInk interface; students can expect substantive feedback from the instructor and peers on their own writing and reflections on texts. With an eye on inspiration, we will read and discuss short pieces (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.) by a variety of writers. Authors we may consider include (but are not limited to) John Edgar Wideman, Zadie Smith, Mary Szybist, Carmen Maria Machado, Maggie Nelson, Grace Talusan, Peter Orner, Tommy Orange, Lucia Berlin, Ocean Vuong, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Elif Batuman.

*NOTE that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink, our online class platform, before 5pm on the first day of class.

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. 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!