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  • Workshop
  • BPL - Grove Hall Branch
  • Adult (18+)

Write Down the Street: The Stories of Your Life

No Longer Enrolling

  • $0.00 Non-Member
  • $0.00 Member

Class Description

Come Write Down the Street with us! Everyone has worthwhile stories to tell, but how do we make those experiences come alive on the page? In this class, we will write each week and in the process we'll try to keep loose, stay inspired, and rediscover that writing creatively is, above all, a pleasure. Most weeks we'll read and discuss one or two published short essays or poems, maybe listen to a song or study a photograph, and then we'll try a different exercise to explore an element of craft, tightening our approach to character development, structure, setting, and language. You'll generate a lot of material, refine your editing skills, and take a fresh look at your life experience.


GrubStreet is happy to offer this free workshop in partnership with the Boston Public Library. Because space is limited, it is important that students interested in registering for this course follow these directions before March 30:

1. Click the "SEE DIRECTIONS TO APPLY" link in the top right corner of this page. Once you are taken to the short application form, simply enter your name in the field that reads "Please describe your workshop experience.” You do not need to upload a writing sample or describe your workshop experience. Click "Apply." Our system will send you an email thanking you for starting the application process. Now move on to step 2.

2. From the course description page (this page), click the "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" link above the "SEE DIRECTIONS TO APPLY" link. Complete the scholarship application, but once again, you do not need to upload a writing sample. In the "Personal statement" field, please tell us why you are interested in taking this class. Once you have completed the scholarship application, click the "Apply" button down at the bottom. You will receive an email confirming we have received your application.

3. Once we have reviewed your application, we will confirm your participation in the course with one more email. This email will include a link and instructions for finalizing your registration in the class.

Applicants will learn of decisions by April 1st via email.

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.