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

Writing Group: Memoir and Personal Essay

No Longer Enrolling

  • $170.00 Non-Member
  • $150.00 Member

Class Description

This is a facilitated writing group designed for accountability and community building. An instructor will be present to facilitate and offer general guidance, but this is not a writing class, and it won’t involve craft lessons or in-depth feedback on your writing. Please check out our hundreds of writing class offerings for those features! These groups are a great option for anyone who’s at work on a project and looking to set aside some time each week to make progress on their writing and connect with others.
Are you working on a book-length memoir? A batch of personal essays? Or are you sitting on some great material, but still trying to establish a solid writing routine? Then this 6-week writing group might be for you! Intended to create an atmosphere of light structure and support, the group will meet once a week in a spirit of camaraderie, inspiration and encouragement.

In our first meeting, we’ll introduce ourselves, set goals and get a feel for everyone’s projects. The agenda for the remaining sessions will be shaped around the group’s needs. As point person, the instructor will lead discussions and be ready with helpful resources – insights about the process of writing personal nonfiction, relevant readings, craft book recommendations, along with advice for developing a project and sticking with it. Depending on the group’s interests, there may be opportunities for in-class writing and feedback, such as timed writing prompts or “lightning” workshops where short excerpts are read and discussed on the spot. More than anything, the emphasis will be on lively conversation and solidarity. The weekly sessions will be a chance to connect with fellow writers, talk shop in a fun but consistent way, and give your writing life a boost.

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!