On the Path To Publication: Calling Oneself a Writer

As a child I wrote profusely. I wrote poems and short stories that my parents would dutifully stick to the refrigerator. As I got older, I went to writing conferences for kids and teens (I met Madeleine L'Engel, one of my childhood heroes this way!). I entered and won essay contest after essay contest. I was editor my high school paper for my junior and senior year. I was in AP English courses all the way and it only made sense that I would get an English degree

August 26, 2016 | Crystal King

The Writing Life

My Heart is Invisible Vol. 8: What Does a Little Black Girl Dream Up?

In the wake of the fatal police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, writers in the Grub community asked for a space to address the effects of police brutality on communities of color. To create that space, this series of "Writers React" is dedicated to personal essays that respond to prejudicial violence. The title, "My Heart is Invisible," comes from the first essay in the series, "Driving While Me," by Kerry Beckford. In this eighth installment, Beasa Dukes talks about how race changes childhood dreams.

August 25, 2016 | GrubWrites

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August 24, 2016 | GrubWrites

Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

This month's installment features a sentence from Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

August 24, 2016 | Henriette Lazaridis

Craft Advice

My Heart is Invisible Vol. 7: Black Lives Not Mattering: A Brief History

In the wake of the fatal police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, writers in the Grub community asked for a space to address the effects of police brutality on communities of color. To create that space, this series of "Writers React" is dedicated to personal essays that respond to prejudicial violence. The title, "My Heart is Invisible," comes from the first essay in the series, "Driving While Me," by Kerry Beckford. In this seventh installment, Chetan Tiwari reacts to the history behind the present moment.

August 23, 2016 | Chetan Tiwari

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