GrubStreet’s Classroom and Workshop Plagiarism Policy

Though taking inspiration from others’ writing and ideas is an organic part of our own personal development as artists, it is important in the context of a workshop for the instructor and students to agree on when this inspiration crosses the line into appropriation or theft. Therefore, we recommend keeping the following in mind: 

  • If you decide to use the same cultural reference, motif, or premise found in one of your classmate’s writing that has been workshopped—or if your work already happens to contain one or more of the above—please make sure to alert your instructor and said student that you’re planning on bringing it to the workshop. Transparency as to your decision, particular approach, and how your work employs these things differently can go a long way in avoiding the sense that you’ve purposely plagiarized or appropriated someone else’s work.
  • We recommend refraining from sharing work as described above until it has been explicitly considered by the people involved. Priority should be given to the position taken by the student whose work served as the source of inspiration or reference, if that was the case. For something that you wrote prior to having access to your classmate’s work, promptly alerting your instructor and classmates should be enough. 
  • Blatant plagiarism or appropriation of someone else’s work, as reflected in the specific language, content, or context of the writing in question is grounds for a warning and/or dismissal from the class. 


If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

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