Upcoming classes: Nonfiction
THURSDAYS, MAY 3 — 31 | This is a class to workshop personal essays–short pieces about a journey of transformation, such as you might find in the New York Times’ “Lives” or “Modern Love” column. We’ll spend the first class talking about structure and looking at some models, and then the rest of the classes will be mainly devoted to reading and giving feedback on students’ essays, with some tips on craft (dialogue, scene vs. summary, great beginnings and endings). This class is a perfect follow-up for anyone who has taken the one-day “Monster and the Miracle” class, or “Vivid Scenes” with Laura.
SATURDAYS, MAY 5 —12 | All writers know that suspense is crucial to good fiction and creative nonfiction. Without wanting to know “what comes next,” readers will stop reading. This course shines a lens on traditional and radical techniques for keeping readers involved. Among them are: (1) The uses of uncertainty (2) Withholding information (3) Breaking out of traditional narrative forms (4) External and internal conflict.
We’ll explore suspense in long and short forms of fiction and nonfiction, examining plot, character, image, and idea-driven writers such as Elmore Leonard, Alice Munro, Italo Calvino, and the essayist Natalia Ginzburg.→ READ MORE
SATURDAY, MAY 19 | Come to the Grotto for an exhilarating day of learning a variety of skills to bolster your writer’s toolkit! We will feature six of our instructors, each teaching a 50-minute class focusing on a specific tool that you can use immediately. You’ll experience six rapid-fire sessions taught in a round-robin style, with a delicious catered lunch at midday. At the end of the day, we’ll celebrate with wine and refreshments, and our signature Three-Minute Reading – an optional (but encouraged!) open-mike event to highlight some of the fabulous writing generated throughout the day. Join us for a fun, dynamic journey through the Grotto’s classrooms!→ READ MORE