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

Writing Group: Shitty First Drafts

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  • $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.

As Anne Lamott wrote in her seminal essay: "Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts." And yet, many of us find it difficult to turn off our inner editor as we write—instead, we become more like Joseph Grand, obsessively tweaking sentences as we dream of readers doffing their hats at our utter marvelousness, and failing to get past the first paragraph.

In this writing group, the only requirement is that you let your imagination loose, and your fingers fly, for almost all of our 90-minute sessions. We'll make a little room at the end for volunteers to share one or two sentences of outlandish dreck, and at the beginning for a line or two from last week that we're actually rather happy with.

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!