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

Revising Personal Narrative

No Longer Enrolling

  • $220.00 Non-Member
  • $205.00 Member

Class Description

Good writing is rewriting—but the distance required for effective revision can be particularly tricky when the material you’re writing about is from your life. How do memoirists and personal essayists learn to see their material as the piece requires—not just how they lived it? In this four-day intensive workshop, we’ll explore some tricks and techniques to allow you to see personal narrative from a whole new angle—and revise it effectively. The class will conclude with small-group workshops that implement the tools we’ve practiced. Please bring double-spaced printouts of 1-2 standalone pieces of writing or 1-2 excerpts from a longer work to the first class. The excerpts should total no more than 15 pages.

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. 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!