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

Personal Essay and Memoir Jumpstarter

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  • $340.00 Non-Member
  • $325.00 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, we will explore the terrain of memoir and personal essay: we’ll mine for material, construct characters and settings, shape vivid dialogue, understand point of view, and find your voice. Discussions will focus on the process of writing and the strengths and weaknesses of the work we produce in class. We will examine some short published texts with an eye on craft, then write exercises inspired by them, in a supportive and generative environment for both new and practicing writers. Note that this is not a course in the fundamentals of nonfiction, but an opportunity for beginners and advanced students to generate new stories and scenes.

NOTE: Class will not meet on February 20th.

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!