The nation’s leading center for creative writing.
“GrubStreet” must always be written as one word with intercap.
GrubStreet is the place where writers develop their craft – and themselves – through the power of writing and sharing their work. We offer hundreds of creative writing programs and events for writers from all backgrounds aged 13 to 113 at our center, in many Boston neighborhoods, in Providence, and online. Scholarships are available for all offerings, and many programs are free.
GrubStreet's new Center for Creative Writing will feature expanded classrooms for teens and adults, community space to read and write, a bookstore run by our friends at Porter Square Books, a cafe, a podcast studio, and a stage for the literary arts with cabaret seating. Located on the southeast side of the 50 Liberty Drive building, facing the Marina and the ICA, our new space is three times as large as our former home, offers full ADA-accessibility (including hearing assistance technology in the classrooms), and will allow us to offer expanded literary programs for writers and readers of all ages and backgrounds. Writers will be able to choose from more classes and readers will enjoy a top-notch bookstore. The new center will give Boston a lasting home for storytelling and the literary arts, where everyone can have a chance to speak and be heard.
The Boston Writers of Color (BWoC) group, supported by GrubStreet, is a place for writers of color, and others who support the mission of the group, to connect, network, empower, and share resources with their peers.
Write Down The Street, a partnership between GrubStreet and the Boston Public Library, offers tuition-free workshops, seminars, and events in branch libraries in Mattapan and Egleston Square with a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible.
In GrubStreet's Young Adult Writers Program, students, ages 13-18, come from high schools all over the greater Boston area. Grub has four types of programs for teens: free Saturday sessions, Teen Writing Classes (most of which take place during school vacations), a three-week Summer Fellowship program, and summer-long Working in the Arts Fellowship program.
The Muse and the Marketplace, the GrubStreet annual literary conference, was recently named the “#1 writing conference in North America” by The Writer Magazine.
We believe that narrative transforms lives, builds bridges, and produces empathy. By rigorously developing voices of every type and talent and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant.
A new fellowship for Black writers at GrubStreet, The Boston Globe, April 2021. “GrubStreet recently announced a new year long Teaching Fellowship for Black Writers, which will be awarded to two ‘self-identified Black writers interested in teaching classes, participating in events, and working with’ GrubStreet’s instructors and staff to deepen the curriculum.”
Conference Insider: The Muse & the Marketplace, The Writer Magazine, February 2020. “Sonya Larson believes diversity at writing conferences is crucial. As the director of The Muse & the Marketplace, a three-day event hosted by Boston’s famed GrubStreet creative writing center, she’s committed to highlighting a diverse lineup of presenters, agents, and editors.”
The Seaport District is starting to look more like a neighborhood, The Boston Globe, April 2019. “” GrubStreet will work in partnership with Fallon Co., which owns the 14-story condo building, to build out the space at below-market rent. With many nonprofits now facing escalating office rents, Bridburg said, the city's decision to award GrubStreet the subsidized space "is affording us the opportunity to stay in Boston."
- Boston Literary Coalition Gets Boost for Cultural Hub Plan, Publishers Weekly, March 2018. "Positioning themselves as an antidote to persistent concerns about racial, ethnic, and class divides in Boston, a coalition of literary organizations have banded together to propose a multi-use literary and cultural hub in the city’s burgeoning Seaport area. Led by the writing non-profit Grub Street, the group’s proposal got a boost this week with the announcement of a $2 million grant from the Calderwood Charitable Foundation should their plan be approved."
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