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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Advanced
  • 9 Weeks

Master Fiction

No Longer Enrolling

  • $600.00 Non-Member
  • $575.00 Member

Class Description

Thinking about applying for an MFA? Feeling ready to publish? In this intensive forum, you will polish and/or complete at least two short works of fiction by refining craft elements such as narrative point of view, openings, story arc, dialogue, specificity of language, and essential aspects of storytelling such as character and conflict. The class will consist primarily of extensive peer workshop along with short craft lectures. We’ll also examine published short stories and excerpts from longer works that speak to specific issues raised in the students' writing or that illustrate successful approaches to an element of craft. Authors whose work may be discussed in class include: Francine Prose, Denis Johnson, Junot Díaz, Alice Munro, Ha Jin, Toni Morrison, Jorge Luis Borges, Flannery O’Connor, Aravind Adiga, and V.S. Pritchett.

The course will be open to students working on short fiction and flash fiction; novel chapters will be discouraged. You will be in the company of other serious writers and an experienced instructor dedicated to providing comprehensive and insightful feedback. Only students who have taken previous fiction workshops at GrubStreet or elsewhere should apply. Space is limited to 9 students in order to foster a more rigorous and intense learning experience.

The deadline to apply for this class, 5:00pm on December 10th, has passed. Applicants can expect to be notified of our decisions by December 17th.


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. 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!