Freedom to Write Badly

with Rachel Sobel

Genres: Fiction, Novel, Short Story

In Person

Introductory, Intermediate

6 Sessions

Start Date: April 27, 2023
End Date: June 1, 2023
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
3 seats left!
Member Price: $274.50
General Price: $305.00

As writers, we often worry about whether we're "good enough" to write. But what can we gain from permitting ourselves to fail? In this course, we'll cover classic tough topics in fiction, discussing the freedom and insight we gain from letting ourselves be "bad writers" and exploring aspects of writing which scare us. The specific topics we'll focus on will be student-provided but might include some or all of: dialogue, beautiful prose, plot, action, or perhaps sex scenes!

Registration dates:

March 13: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

March 14: Member registration opens

March 21: General registration opens

Rachel Sobel

Rachel Sobel

Rachel Sobel is a writer of speculative and literary fiction about dykes and other queer people. A graduate of the Hunter MFA in Fiction, she has lived in NYC and Seattle.

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