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

Reading Like A Writer

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  • $325.00 Non-Member
  • $310.00 Member

Class Description

Are you looking to transform your love of reading into a toolkit for your writing practice? "Reading Like a Writer" means drawing ideas and craft techniques from the books you admire. For six weeks, we'll read successful contemporary and classic stories, and ask how they work and how we can use these same narrative techniques in our own writing. We will read selectively from Francine Prose's book, Reading Like a Writer, and from works by such writers as: Sandra Cisneros, Martha Gellhorn, Sherman Alexie, Marilynne Robinson, James Joyce, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Italo Calvino, and Junot Díaz. We will also do short weekly writing exercises and take these narrative voices for a little joyride. By the end of the course, you'll be more equipped to take apart what you read and decipher what makes great stories work. You will also have a collection of narrative exercises that you can expand into your own stories. Please bring a copy of Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose to the first day of class.

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply, click the "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button in the top right corner of this page. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your scholarship application and await our Scholarship Committee's decision before registering for the class. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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!