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

Jumpstart Your Writing: Section A

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  • $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.

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply or find out more, check out our scholarships page.

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!