What Is Grub Street?
Grub Street is the second largest independent center for creative writing in the United States.
Our mission is to be an innovative, rigorous, and welcoming community for writers who together create their best work, find audience, and elevate the literary arts for all.
We accomplish this by offering the highest quality classes and services for writers at all stages of development, by educating writers through the entire writing process from inspiration to publication and promotion, by putting a premium on teaching excellence, by welcoming as many writers as possible through generous scholarships and free outreach programming, by creating fulfilling employment for writers, by connecting people and ideas through writing, and by empowering writers to fully embrace new opportunities ushered in by the digital age.
Grub Street was founded in 1997 by Eve Bridburg, who envisioned an arts center that welcomed writers of all genres and ambitions, and which cultivated a rigorous but supportive atmosphere that never involved tears or humiliation.
Writing is about inspiration, but is also about craft, hard work, and who you know. Grub Street aims to help with all aspects of the literary life, from experimenting with a different genre to marketing a finished work. We believe that writers at all levels hunger for critical feedback that is honest but not damaging, and encouragement that is constructive and not hand-holding.
Grub Street also offers the chance to be part of a community. You can read your latest work at our Season Showcase, a quarterly reading and party. Meet editors and agents at our annual The Muse and the Marketplace conference. Find a writers group among workshop and seminar classmates. Hear high-energy readings and even do some dancing at our "Grub Gone..." Friday night parties. Or drop by on a Saturday morning for coffee and free-wheeling discussions on topics of interest to readers and writers.
We believe that teaching and practicing the art of creative writing is not only important because it explores and documents the human condition, but because it creates meaning in our lives. We write and read for various reasons—to understand, to see through and beyond, to experiment, to imagine, to escape—but our main concern is that the work is the best it can be.
At Grub Street, you'll make connections, meet other writers and, most importantly, get writing.
Grub Street students have varying levels of writing experience. Some have never written before. Others have done a lot of journaling, but have never tried to compose a full-length work. Still others have a lot of experience, and a growing number are already published.
Our students are a diverse cross-section of Greater Boston. They are, among other things, real estate agents, college students, artists, homemakers, CEOs, retirees, musicians, computer programmers, financial analysts, teachers, social workers, attorneys, copywriters, bartenders, postal workers, and freelance writers and editors. Our students in our adult programs are 18+.
Grub Street alums have gone on to attend all the top MFA programs, publish books, win major writing competitions, and sell screenplays. Those who have not pursued a career in writing still credit Grub Street with having positive and sometimes life-changing effects. But don't take our word for it—read a selection of testimonials.