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

Jumpstart Your Writing

No Longer Enrolling

  • $340.00 Non-Member
  • $325.00 Member

Class Description

The one promise I’ll make is that this will not be your run-of-the-mill creative writing course. Rather, it will be a six-week experience dedicated to one simple mission: devote three hours of your week to writing. Whether you are trying your hand at creative writing for the very first time or you’re looking for a spark to reenergize your creative flow, this class is for anyone looking to carve time from their day to spend on their art. Through a series of engaging writing exercises based completely on what you, the students, want to explore over the course of six weeks, we will mine our experiences and imagination for material. Be prepared to engage with text, visuals, audio, and movement. From there, we will bring what we find to life by constructing characters and settings, shaping vivid dialogue, zooming in on imagery, and exploring the nuances of voice. We will discuss the process of writing—the ups and the downs of it all—and work collaboratively to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in our own work that we produce in class. Paying attention to craft and with an openness to inspiration, over the course of the six weeks we will read and discuss short pieces written by a variety of writers such as Bianca Stone, Jo Ann Beard, Nicole Sealey, Richard Siken, Sonya Larson, Danez Smith, KL Pereira, Mary Ruefle, Julia Alvarez, Natalie Diaz, and many more!

Please note: Class will not meet on Friday, February 1st.

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. 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!