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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Intermediate

Revising Your Short Fiction: Beginnings and Endings - Remote!

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  • $265.00 Non-Member
  • $255.00 Member

Class Description

This four-week intensive class will focus on revising a short story by sharpening the beginning and the ending (with some consideration of the middle). What is a beginning: a statement, a question, a dilemma, a device, a hypothesis, a dare, a tease? And what is an ending, then? How can we revise our stories to make the beginning, or ending, compelling and resonant long after the reader has finished the story?

Students will bring a draft story (3,000-5,000 words) to the first class, which we will workshop with particular attention to honing the beginning and ending. We’ll also read and discuss craft essays and short stories, with exercises to experiment with alternative beginnings and endings for these works and our own writing. Authors we read may include, but are not limited to, Ann Hood, Etgar Keret, Octavia Butler and Anthony Doerr.
At the final meeting, students will have the opportunity to share their revised beginning and ending (not the entire story), and get immediate feedback from the instructor and their classmates.

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! 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 via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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!