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

Writing About Religion

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  • $355.00 Non-Member
  • $340.00 Member

Class Description

Faith—finding it, losing it, fighting wars over it, or having nothing to do with it—provides rich fodder for writers. In this six-week course, students will analyze essays of varying length about religion by authors such as Dani Shapiro, Bret Lott, and others, and pose questions for discussion. What does it take to craft a successful essay about religion? How do you avoid sounding preachy? Where can you pitch your articles and essays? Which topics resonate with literary journals, magazines, and online religion-oriented or mainstream publications? Each week, day, students will do free write exercises to develop different techniques, including crafting a descriptive scene, the use of dialogue, and building suspense. Your goal for the course is to write one to two polished essays with religion as the theme. The essays, which may stem from one of the free write exercises, will be workshopped in class and critiqued by the instructor.

Please Note: Class will not meet on Oct. 8th. Class ends on November 5th.

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!