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

Writing About Place

Apply for Scholarship
  • $250.00 Non-Member
  • $235.00 Member

Class Description

Place – it’s more than a dot on a map. The concept of “place” extends beyond the natural world, expanding into the realm of spiritual, mental, and cultural spaces. It’s your first grade classroom, the emotional rollercoaster of your first heartbreak, the memory of home you’ve carefully tucked away since childhood. In this course, students will explore what the concept of “place” means to them and convey their understandings through descriptive works that put “place” at the forefront of the narrative.

Through a series of guided exercises and workshops, students will learn how to take basic fiction character building techniques and apply it to their writing, making “place” the protagonist. Students will investigate the endless definitions of place, studying and mimicking writers who have most successfully approached the concept, such as Rebecca Solnit, Annie Dillard, Mary Oliver, and Terry Tempest Williams.

Throughout the four week course, students will be encouraged to reimagine the concept of place, inevitably bringing it to life through a 1,000 word creative nonfiction piece of their choosing, including personal essay, memoir, travel writing, and literary journalism. Students will have the opportunity to workshop their pieces at least once in class and will be encouraged to seek publication at the end of the course.

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!