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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Introductory
  • 6 Weeks

Writing Your Family History

No Longer Enrolling

  • $385.00 Non-Member
  • $370.00 Member

Class Description

We’ve all heard stories of our parents’ and grandparents’ lives—tales of survival, of perseverance, of flourishing amid unimaginable circumstances. We’ve also heard quieter tales of the simple, beautiful art of being human in another time. But what can we do with these stories aside from tell them over and over to others? How do we create deeper meaning from the lives of those in the generations behind us? For this six-week workshop, you will bring with you a cherished piece of family lore and learn how to bolster it with structure, weave in your own insights and wisdom, and begin to transform it into a polished piece of nonfiction that you can offer to others in a new way. The workshop will also be generative enough that you can expect to come away with the beginnings of several pieces of nonfiction.

Please note: Class does not meet March 23rd.

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. 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!