Past Press


  • Winner of Boston's Best 2017, The Improper, July 2017. "Celebrating its 20th anniversary, GrubStreet offers more than 500 workshops, courses and seminars annually on topics ranging from character development to travel writing to the art of the query letter."
  • Five Things You Should Know About Eve Bridburg, Boston Globe, June 2017. "As the founder and executive director of GrubStreet, the largest creative writing center in the country, she oversees hundreds of workshops and classes each year, and her literary orbit now includes thousands of students. She spoke with the Globe’s Janelle Nanos about the surge in public storytelling, and the organization’s efforts to use writing exercises to help shape the political debate."
  • In Copley Square, the write time for stories of immigrants Boston Globe, May 2017. "Yet through it all came the steady clicking of eight typewriters tapping away. The typewriters sat in a neat row on the front steps of the Boston Public Library, metallic keys gleaming in the sun and fresh, white paper awaiting the touch of ink. Behind them, volunteers in bright red T-shirts stood ready to engage anyone walking by who paused long enough to make eye contact."
  • Boston Write-in at the BPL, WGBH News, May 2017. "On Friday people of all backgrounds gathered on the steps of the Boston Public Library  for an afternoon of writing and storytelling in support of recent immigrants and refugees. Two of those writers, Boyah J. Farah and Gazmend Kapllani participated in the event. They took time out from the write-in to sit down with Andrea Cabral and Marcela Garcia to discuss what writing- and the write-in -means to them."
  • BPR 05/18: Full Show Post, WGBH News, May 2017. "Eve Bridburg, The Founder and Executive Director of GrubStreet, joined us to talk about the Boston Write-In they're holding at the Boston Public Library tomorrow."
  • GrubStreet Holds Write-In for Immigrants, NBC Boston, May 2017. "Boston company GrubStreet held a write-in event for area immigrants to have their voices heard on the stairs of the Boston Public Library Friday."
  • The Muse and the Marketplace: Writers Conference Engages Its Diverse Community, Publishing Perspectives, May 2017. " The annual conference, held early in May, is a production of the 20-year-old Grub Street creative writing center, and in January was named the top writing conference in North America by The Writer Magazine."
  • That’s a wrap on #Muse17!, The Writer Mag, May 2017. "The Muse takes more of a classroom approach: Each session is taught by roughly one to three experts, and presenters are encouraged to make their sessions as interactive as possible. Over the weekend, we were asked to read excerpts aloud, brainstorm as a group, complete writing exercises, and – in some cases – arrive to a session with our drafts in hand. This audience-driven model creates sessions that fly by instead of dragging on and on."
  • Write-in to support immigrants, refugees; Johnston wins story prize, Boston Globe, May 2017. "The GrubStreet writing center, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, will join the BPL and the Facing History and Ourselves education nonprofit in hosting Write-In, an afternoon of civic action in solidarity with the city’s immigrants and refugees."
  • 10 things to do in Boston this weekend,, May 2017. "GrubStreet, a creative writing center on Boylston Street, is holding a “write-in” on the iconic stairs of the Boston Public Library this Friday afternoon. Much like a sit-in, the write-in invites Bostonians to gather on the steps for a session of storytelling to show support for immigrants and refugees."
  • Who’s going to Muse & the Marketplace this weekend?, The Writer Mag, May 2017. "Any fellow scribes out there headed to Muse & The Marketplace this weekend? So are we! Senior Editor Nicki Porter will be there all weekend, live-tweeting panels, snapping Instagrams, and meeting as many writers as she possibly can."
  • Funding The NEA Ensures Art Is Not Just For 'Rich, Liberal Elites', WBUR, April 2017. "Founding GrubStreet has taught me that what emerging writers need most is not motivation but access — access to a welcoming and rigorous arts education that doesn’t have prohibitive admissions standards and one that doesn’t require students to take out crushing bank loans or leave their full-time work."
  • How Creative Writing Makes You a Better Person, Boston Globe, March 2017. "Now that we know President Trump’s budget outlines the destruction of the National Endowment for the Arts, which funds a range of important programs, including public television and Broadway shows such as “Hamilton,” it is important to note that the literary arts receive virtually no support from national foundations outside of the NEA, and we lag behind our peers in leveraging individual philanthropy."
  • The top 10 writing conferences in North America (the Muse is named #1!), The Writer Mag, January 2017. "The Muse draws a number of top New York agents and editors. For an extra fee, you can pitch them one-on-one by signing up for the popular Manuscript Mart. Don’t miss the Shop Talk Happy Hour for guaranteed face time with agents and editors if you’re looking to land a book deal."
  • Mirrors and Windows: Finding Diversity at the color of Children's Literature Conference, Poets & Writers, February 2017. "Last spring, GrubStreet, an independent creative writing center in Boston, hosted as part of its 2016 Muse and Marketplace Conference a first-ever 'Writers of Color Roundtable.' The conversation featured authors Alexander Chee, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Mira Jacob, Sonya Larson, and myself, as well as literary agent Regina Brooks and Spiegel & Grau editor Emi Ikkanda.”
  • Inmigrantes cuentan sus historias, Telemundo Boston, May 2017. "Inmigrantes escribieron sobre sus historias en la biblioteca pública de Boston."


  • Boston Seniors Make Memories, Memoirs at City Writing Workshop,  The Boston Globe, January 2016. "She had never written about herself and hadn’t planned to wade into her past. But then the 'holy spirit' moved her, with an assist from GrubStreet, and soon she found that 'my whole childhood opened up.'"
  • Aspiring Writer Finally Has Time to Do It, The Boston Globe, May 2016. "[Emily] Ross gives a lot of credit for completing the novel to GrubStreet in Boston, a creative-writing center, saying, 'I never would have finished the book without their support and guidance.'"
  • Stories About Boston and From Boston, The Boston Globe, May 2016. "[Colum] McCann... the keynote speaker on April 30 at GrubStreet’s annual Muse and the Marketplace conference for writers, told the Boston chapter of his own life story before moving on to broader concerns.' 
  • At the GrubStreet Writers of Color Roundtable, LitHub, May 2016. "Something that helped me gain confidence was seeing writers of color speak about their process, learning how that path is possible, and getting involved in diverse literary communities. Conferences like the Muse & the Marketplace help by curating in an inclusive way."
  • Pamela Wechsler is now making her case as a writer, The Boston Globe, May 2016."[Pamela Wechsler] enrolled in a novel-writing workshop at GrubStreet, the Boston creative-writing center, in January 2014, had a first draft by April, and a three-book deal by October."
  • I Used to be a Number in a Refugee Camp. In America I Became a Person, The Guardian, May 2016. "I am back to GrubStreet Creative Writing School in Boston, where I enrolled in a yearlong Memoir Incubator Class so I can tell the stories I have been carrying." - Boyah J Farah, Memoir Incubator Student and Judy Layzer Fellow, 
  • Writing Programs that Fit the Form, Poets&Writers, October 2016. "The results thus far have been encouraging: A writer from StoryStudio’s program recently had her book picked up by Simon & Schuster, and a handful of other writers have found agents. As for Grub Street alumni, Hoover says, “We have seven writers under contract and five more signed with agents, which makes for about a 20 percent publication rate a year after the student finishes the program—and that’s just the Novel Incubator."
  • Meet the 10 Locals Accepted into Boston's Artist-in-Residence Program,, October 2016. "De Leon was also named the 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence by the Associates of the Boston Public Library. She is currently working with GrubStreet and the Boston Public Library on “Write Down the Street,” a program providing free creative writing workshops at various BPL branches across the city."
  • Katherine A. Sherbrooke on Diagramming Sentences, GrubStreet, Memoir & Fiction, The Huffington Post, November 2016. "I have found the most incredible community of writers at GrubStreet... I have learned everything I know about what it takes to actually complete a novel and get it out into the marketplace through classes, conferences and the community at Grub."
  • 19 Literary Non-Profits to Donate to This Giving Tuesday, Bustle, November 2016. "If you’re a writer then you probably know that writing is an endeavor best embarked upon with the support of a welcoming, challenging, and active community of other writers and readers. And that’s exactly what the Boston-based GrubStreet has been offering writers since 1997."


  •  Writing Your Way to a Better You: GrubStreet founder says getting published isn’t the only goal, BU Today, July 2015. "GrubStreet is not designed to fast-track the obviously talented to success, Bridburg says, but to make everyone who comes through the door a better writer."
  • Muse and the Marketplace Conference Assistant Director, Sonya Larson, Degrees of Diversity: Talking Race and the MFA, Poets & Writers, August 2015. "It is no secret that MFA programs across the country have a way to go to ensure that their workshops are filled with racially and ethnically diverse faculty and students."
  • Minneapolis's Loft Literary Center Celebrates 40 Years, Publishers Weekly, September 2015. "Eve Bridburg had not heard of the Loft in 1997 when she founded GrubStreet in Boston, which now has a $1.9 million budget and serves about 3,500 adults and children with classes, workshops, and programs. But Bridburg singled out the Loft’s previous executive director, Linda Myers, as well as Hale, for praise, explaining that both guided her through the process of building a nonprofit from scratch, “even though one could consider us competitors” for funding."
  • The Rise of the Creative Writing Center: GrubStreet, On Building a Literary Community, LitHub, September 2015. "GrubStreet, a dynamic organization that has changed the literary landscape in Boston. In addition to the impressive number of workshops and classes they host, they also sponsor a major literary conference, The Muse and the Marketplace."
  • Wally Lamb Honored by GrubStreet, The Boston Globe, November 2015. "She’s Come Undone author Wally Lamb was honored with the 2015 Grubby Award at GrubStreet’s annual gala, held this year at Laugh Boston and emceed by comedian Steve Macone."
  • Boston Elders Turn Memories into Living History, New Boston Post, December 2015. "The joint venture between City Hall and GrubStreet Writers...aims to capture each participant’s unique story by helping them turn their memories into logical, meaningful narratives."
  • Boston's Older Residents Tell Stories in 'Streets of Echoes,' The Boston Globe, December 2015. "Over the past 10 years instructors in Grub Street’s Memoir Project have taught writing classes in every city neighborhood and worked one-on-one with the students to hone their essays."


  • Announcing This Year's 50 on Fire Winners, BostInno, December 2014. GrubStreet Executive Director announced as one of BostInno's 50 on Fire for 2014 Arts & Entertainment
  • Meet Eve Bridburg, Founder of GrubStreet & Champion of Boston's Literary Cultural DistrictBostInno, November 2014. "Bridburg and her GrubStreet constituents, along with help from the likes of Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, spearheaded what's growing into the Literary Cultural District."
  • GrubStreet gets ‘Lit Up’, Boston Globe, November 2014.  "Boston creative writing center GrubStreet had its “Lit Up” gala at the Grand Circle Gallery on Thursday night." 
  • Literary cultural district showcases Boston as city of ideas, Boston Globe, August 2014. "The initiative for the new district came from the creative writing center GrubStreet and its executive director, Eve Bridburg. The idea, said GrubStreet spokeswoman Whitney Scharer, was to make Boston literature more visible, on a par with the performing and visual arts." 
  • ‘Monster’ trend: Market’s hot, so local children’s book authors turn to programs, classes, Boston Herald, July 2014."This fall, the center will offer young-adult writing, writing for picture books and writing middle grade novels for children. Due to demand, Murphy said Grub Street averages two multiweek workshops each term dedicated to children’s or young-adult literature." 
  • The Potential Literary Cultural District is an Example of Boston Leading the Way, BostInno, June 2014"'Boston is in the midst of a literary renaissance,' Lindner said. 'And while a lot of historic sites and sculptures will be included, this should not be construed as a literary trail. It's very much a district.'"
  • Boston's Next Specialized District Could Be of the Literary Variety, BostInno, June 2014"GrubStreet led the funding charge to conceptualize a literary district by securing a 'two-year $42,500 planning grant,' courtesy of the Massachusetts Cultural Council."  
  • Names, The Boston Globe, April 2014"Best-selling novelist Walter Mosley and Jane Friedman, editor of the digital magazine Scratch, will deliver keynote speeches at Grub Street’s Muse and the Marketplace next weekend."
  • GrubStreet's Lit Week, The Boston Globe, April 2014. "This week may be one of the busiest of the local literary year with more than 30 events at two festivals. Cocktails inspired by literature figure into Grub Street’s Lit Week..." 
  • Stories from Boston neighborhoodThe Boston Globe, March 2014. "Since 2006, Grub Street writing center and the City of Boston have been collaborating on a preservation project that has reached almost every neighborhood. The two joined forces to offer writing classes to Boston residents over age 60 and get them to put their stories down on paper." 
  • Self-published writers, and proud of it, The Boston Globe, February 2014"'You need to connect with other writers, which is where a place like GrubStreet comes in handy.'"
  • Title SearchThe Writer, January 2014"At an event in October 2013, honest, lively debate is exactly what GrubStreet’s panelists Pablo Medina, Regie Gibson, Jennifer De Leon, and Adam Stumacher and a full-house audience had – in person and in the tweetosphere."
  • A World for Writers, Readers, and Bostonians: The Making of a Literary Cultural DistrictThe Quad, January 2014. "The group planning the district could not be any better suited for the job. GrubStreet, said Lindner, 'is an organization for, and about, and by writers and the writing community.'"



  • Catching up with Boston's independent writing center, The Improper Bostonian, December 2013"It’s been serving scribes since 1997, but one might say GrubStreet is entering the fast lane."
  •  Second student in GrubStreet’s novel incubator program lands publishing deal, Press Release, December 2013"GrubStreet, the second-largest independent writing center in the country, announced today that a second student from its Novel Incubator program has landed a publishing deal." 
  •  New district looks to honor Boston’s literary past, The Huntington News, November 2013"In the end, Bridburg said she wants the cultural district to serve as a platform from which Bostonians can increase their literary engagement."
  • GrubStreet celebrates, The Boston Globe, November 2013"GrubStreet held its annual gala the other night, and a slew of scribes turned out to support the Boston-based creative writing center."
  •  City Creeps Closer To Honoring Poe’s Boston Roots, WBUR, October 2013"GrubStreet has its own ode to Poe: a blood-red typewriter sitting in the office’s entrance, enhanced by an outlandish back story Bridburg and her staff dreamed up."
  • Creating a literary district in Boston, The Boston Globe, October 2013"In September, a group lead by GrubStreet , an independent writing center, won a two-year $42,500 planning grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council . The coalition will use the money to refine its concept and pitch the commission for designation. 'The challenge,' said Eve Bridburg, GrubStreet’s executive director, 'is to make the literary visible.'"
  • Book Marketing: The Basics, Scratch Magazine, October 2013"Schumann, one of the leaders of GrubStreet’s Launch Lab, says that authors are taught to focus their energy in ways that feel productive and meaningful to them."
  • The Age of the Algorithm, Scratch Magazine, October 2013"Kamali sought to learn more and found Launch Lab, a long-term-marketing boot camp for authors offered by the independent creative-writing organization GrubStreet in Boston, MA."
  • Kate Asks Barb about the GrubStreet Launch Lab, Maine Crime Writers, October 2013"One of the things I learned at Launch Lab was to try things outside my comfort zone, but ultimately, marketing a book is a sustained effort and so in the end, you should focus on the things you like to do and walk away from the things you hate, because you won’t be able to keep them up over time."
  • Silver anniversary of the PEN/Faulkner gala, The Washington Post, October 2013. "Christopher Castellani wove together reflections on the mind’s hunger for patterns, the delight at seeing unusual words repeated, and his efforts to keep his elderly father from renewing his driver’s license at the DMV."
  • GrubStreet leads to book deal for local writer, The Boston Globe, September 2013"E.B. Moore is grateful to GrubStreet, Boston’s independent writing center. Moore, who turned to writing after a career as a metal sculptor, participated in GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program, and it led to a two-book deal."
  • GrubStreet Student Lands Two-Book Deal, Publishers Weekly, August 2013. "After participating in Boston’s independent writing center’s Novel Incubator program, E. B. Moore signed a two-book deal with Penguin for An Unseemly Wife, about a 19th-century Amish woman who crossed the country in a covered wagon with her husband and children, and for its sequel."
  • Quick bestseller underscores writers’ struggles, The Boston Globe, July 2013 
  • Seniors learn the art of writing, Dedham Transcript, June 2013. "Seaton, who is an author and memoir and narrative non-fiction coach at GrubStreet in Boston, kicked off the workshop by asking seniors their writing fears."
  • Amanda Palmer: Proof That Social Media Is The Future Of Business, Forbes, May 2013. "The Boston writing center GrubStreet had its annual Muse & the Marketplace conference over the weekend, drawing hundreds of writers, agents, and editors to the Park Plaza for panel discussions about the publishing industry."
  • Good Reads For The Summer, WBUR, May 2013"We have some great reading recommendations from a couple of literary locals [GrubStreet's Artistic Director Christopher Castellani and Mary Cotton] – and many of the books have a connection to Boston and New England."
  • Amanda Palmer Video: What's A Rock Star Doing At A Writers' Conference?, The Huffington Post, May 2013"An emotional Amanda Palmer took the stage last week at GrubStreet's Muse and Marketplace Conference as part of the NEA- funded Publish it Forward series."
  • Muse & Marketplace conference draws crowds, The Boston Globe, May 2013"The Boston writing center GrubStreet had its annual Muse & the Marketplace conference over the weekend, drawing hundreds of writers, agents, and editors to the Park Plaza for panel discussions about the publishing industry." 
  • Henriette Lazaridis Power: A first-time novelist giving back, The Boston Globe, April 2013"I first met Power in 2004, when she joined my master novel workshop at GrubStreet, where she dazzled us with her dedication — a component as crucial to writing success as talent."
  • Looking Ahead, We Wanted To Be Writers, April 2013 . "In 2010, GrubStreet transformed itself to an extent and at a pace that would probably be impossible for a college-based workshop, even one with the desire to change."
  •  Professional Practices: Part 2, We Wanted To Be Writers, April 2013GrubStreet is "perfectly positioned to serve the writing community much more effectively than traditional workshops in this era of digitization, social media, self-publishing, and e-books…. and at a price young writers (or old ones, for that matter) can afford."
  • The Future of Books, WGBH, March 2013"Bridburg believes that even as the industry changes, the cornerstone of publishing remains the same: a book needs to blow readers away."
  • 13 Bests of AWP 2013, The Huffington Post, March 2013"Best Booth: GrubStreet's set complete with couch, table, and the always dapper Chris Castellani."
  • Ether for Authors: Looking for AWP’s Leadership, Publishing Perspectives, March 2013. "Most notably, I enjoyed the good offices of the non-profit GrubStreet program that overlooks the Boston Common and trains some 2,000 writers a year in Boston, it was a pleasure to be their guest and I’m continually impressed with what Eve Bridburg and her group are doing."
  • Eve Bridburg interviewed by Derek Alger, PIF Magazine, March 2013"We’ll continue innovating and keeping up with what writers need, pushing all of our students toward their best work, and having fun. That’s one thing I hope never changes at GrubStreet: all of us, our staff, our instructors, our students, our board, we’re all having a great time."
  • The Rumpus Interview With Christopher Castellani, The Rumpus, February 2013"I’ve known Chris for fifteen years. We were two of the first teachers at GrubStreet, a Boston-based writing center that Chris (as executive and now artistic director) has helped build into one of the nation’s best."
  • What Should Authors Do in the Digital Age?, Publishers Weekly, February 2013"That feeling of having too many options, Bridburg said, can cloud things like intent and mission, which is why GrubStreet implemented Launch Lab, a program to help define success and then to figure out the best way to achieve it."
  • GrubStreet’s Castellani Practices What He Teaches, Publishers Weekly, January 2013"This fall, Castellani turned student, as one of 16 writers with a 2013 book who beta tested a pilot program at GrubStreet called Launch Lab."


  • GrubStreet has a ‘Joyride’ in Brookline, Boston Globe, November 2012. "GrubStreet hosted a 'Joyride' gala the other night at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brook­line."
  • Massachusetts Teens Publish Anthology, In Brief: November 8th, Publishers Weekly, November 2012. "'We’re extremely proud of the 19 high-school students who have produced such poignant, polished work during the Grub Street 2012 Summer Teen Fellowship,' said Eve Bridburg, executive director of Grub Street, an independent writing center."
  •  Where to find cocktails, concerts in a museum setting, The Boston Globe, October 2012. The Gardner partners with the GrubStreet writer’s program for this soiree featuring poetry, word games, and literature.
  • The Entrepreneurial Author, Boston Public Radio, August 2012. Boston Public Radio's Kara Miller spoke with Eve Bridburg, executive director of GrubStreet, about how marketing and sales tactics, along with the authors' responsibilities, are rapidly changing.
  • Beacon to Publish First Tweet Book, Publishers Weekly, July 2012. "At a party this spring sponsored by GrubStreet, Boston’s independent writing center, novelist Elinor Lipman and Beacon Press director Helene Atwan got more than just drinks and hors d’oeuvres."
  • Press Release: Teens Get a Taste of Print-On-Demand Publishing through Boston's GrubStreetTheir Anthology, One Day We Rise and We are Everywhere, to Release on October 16th.
  • GrubStreet Moves Up Party - 162 Boylston Street Boston, March 30, 2012:

  • Reason To Write On, Boston Herald, June 2012. "As a teacher at GrubStreet, I have watched countless students — teenagers and seniors, tennis instructors and bartenders — find that thing on the page that they didn’t know they needed to say."
  • Eve Bridburg: GrubStreet and her life with stories, Boston Globe, April 2012. "Eve Bridburg has been a literary midwife to countless books, between her work as a literary agent and as founder and director of Boston’s GrubStreet, the center of Boston’s writing world." 
  • A Novel Approach: Learning to Write More Than Stories, Poets & Writers, January/February 2012. "The folks in Boston may have found a way to cure novel-panic—and a whole new way for novelists to workshop." 


  • Best Literary Gang 2011, The Phoenix. "All writers — from unpublished newcomers to experienced authors — are part of the gang at GrubStreet." 
  • 3 Things a Young Writer Learned at Boston Book Fest,, October 2011. "You should use GrubStreet." 
  •  GrubStreet Gives Thanks,, October 2011. "Boston literary/arts center GrubStreet threw a fab party at Mohr & McPherson this week to thank its many donors and friends." 
  • Borders Leaves A Vacuum, Boston Globe, August 2011. "The GrubStreet writing center, for instance, located on the other side of Boston Common, is a thriving literary community, with dozens of workshops each year, writing space, readings, and a national spring conference that draws hundreds of agents, publishers, and writers to downtown." 
  •  Executive Director Eve Bridburg included in The 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston, Boston Magazine, February 2011. "Guiding more than 10,000 writers over the literary center’s 14 years, including everyone from untried hopefuls to award-winning novelists such as Iris Gomez and Randy Susan Meyers." 


  • Empowering Writers, Boston Globe, July 2010. "In the world of publishing, the GrubStreet writing center is the little engine that could." 
  • Interview with GrubStreet, Front Porch Journal, March 2010. "We have a student who’s a lobsterman. All day he fishes for lobsters, and at night he works on his novel in our workshops." 

Pre-2010 Press

  • Novices Peek At Literary World, Boston Globe, May 2008. "The organization,' said Johnston, is as vital to Boston writers as 'oxygen is to fire.'" 
  • GrubStreet Names Its First Book-prize Winner, The Phoenix, February 2007. "The obvious part of GrubStreet’s two-fold mission is to get Boston writing, something the independent writing center has succeeded in doing through workshops and classes for the past 10 years." 
  • Putting In A Good Word, The Phoenix, October 2005. "With its new downtown headquarters, GrubStreet, Inc. has cemented its place at the center of literary Boston." 
  • Streetwise, The Phoenix, February 2003. "Eve Bridburg looks to grow GrubStreet Writers into Boston’s literary hub."  
  •  Turning Alumni into Teachers Since 1997, Bostonia, Summer 2000. "Anyone who wants to write is welcome at GrubStreet." 

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