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

Writing About Mental Health

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  • $385.00 Non-Member
  • $370.00 Member

Class Description

Mental health issues are often branded "taboo" and–as writers–they can be some of the most vulnerable and challenging topics to write about. But, when done well, mental health stories have the ability to heal and move readers, while making us all feel a little less alone.

This six-week class will address strategies for crafting compelling, emotionally resonant personal narratives about mental health. Each week, we’ll look at writers who’ve successfully crafted personal stories about mental health issues–Kiese Laymon, Esme Weijun Wang, Jenny Lawson, among others–and discuss tactics for applying these lessons to our own writing. Classes will focus on craft lessons and writing exercises, along with workshopping of student work.

Expect to leave this class with lots of new writing and tools for transforming your mental health stories into powerful works of creative nonfiction.
Please Note: Class does not meet on April 17th (Patriot's Day).

Class Format

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!

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!