Literary Access & Participation


We're committed to making our programs accessible to all. Our adult scholarships, which can be applied to any course within a given term, are awarded based on artistic merit and financial need. To learn more or to apply, click here

We also offer financial aid to teen writers based on the same criteria. To apply for a scholarship for one of our Young Adult Writers Programs, click here


Our yearlong Novel and Memoir Incubator programs, in which writers refine and revise their drafts in preparation for publication, each have scholarships available for deserving students. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Pechet Foundation, we are able to offer several partially or fully funded awards each year in honor of Pauline Scheer. Additionally, those interested in the Memoir Incubator can apply for the Judy Layzer Memorial Scholarship, a merit-based award dedicated to honoring the life of the beloved scholar. 

For more information on advanced scholarships, click here

Neighborhood Workshops

Existing Programs

In 2015, GrubStreet offered free and reduced-cost seminars throughout Roxbury, Dorchester, and East Somerville with the aim of further increasing the accessibility of our classes.

In 2016, we responded to the enthusiasm garnered by our one-day classes by partnering with Lena Park Community Center to launch "Finding Your Voice," a six-Week multi-genre course, with many partial or full scholarships. The feedback we received from both students and Lena Park staff was overwhelmingly positive.

"I watched the participants laugh, cry and silently write themselves whole. Even more impressive, the class was multi-generational and spanning 18-72 years old and everyone loved it! Even those who are not wealthy have something valuable to contribute to this written world and deserve a chance. Thanks for providing that chance."

—Ashley-Rose Salomon

In March of 2016 GrubStreet partnered with Brookview House, an independent non-profit in Dorchester that works to transition mothers and their families out of homelessness (with a 92% success rate). GrubStreet contributed to Brookview’s educational services by providing weekly writing classes focused on helping these mothers find new ways to articulate their stories.

Upcoming Programs

This summer, GrubStreet is partnering with Madison Park Development's Youth Workforce program to provide writing classes in Roxbury.