Putting A Dent In My Writer Self-Doubt: A First Timer's Lessons at the Muse & the Marketplace

It's never too early to start mentally prepping for next year's Muse & the Marketplace conference, especially as the Muse is happening earlier next yearApril 6-8, 2018, to be precise. Get a jump on your #Muse18 strategy with this advice for first-timers—and anxious young writers in general—from GrubStreet's Program Coordinator, Lauren Smith.

July 20, 2017 | Lauren Smith

The Writing Life

Writing Prompt: Story Embryo

Before going to war, the Vikings would chant "Jafnan er hálfsögð saga ef einn segir!" which is Old Norse for "We want writing prompts!" Channel your inner Viking and get writing with this prompt brought to you by Grub Instructor Heather Wells Peterson 


July 19, 2017 | Heather Peterson

Craft Advice

Meet a Grubbie: Kelly J. Ford

GrubStreet runs on coffee, printer ink, and community. This series features just some of the Grubbies who make our community strong. In this edition, meet Grub instructor Kelly J. Ford. Kelly's debut novel, Cottonmouths, came out June of this year. She is a GrubStreet Novel Incubator graduate and a current contributor/editor for Dead Darlings, a writing-focused website. Her short fiction has appeared in Black Heart Magazine, Fried Chicken and Coffee, and Knee-Jerk Magazine. Catch Kelly in action during her Jumpstart Your Novel class starting August 3rd or her #OurVoices LGBTQ teen writing camp from August 7th to ...

July 18, 2017 | GrubWrites

Meet a Grubbie

Best of the Web 07/17/17

Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.


From The Guardian,"Nipples On My Knee," "Love Your Lady Landscape," and "An Ape's View of Evolution": Meet the books in the running for the 2017 Diagram prize for oddest book title of the year.

July 17, 2017 | GrubWrites


News from DeadDarlings

This month at DeadDarlings we turned up the air conditioning and drew our inspiration from some unusual sources. Here is a look at some of the places where we get our ideas:

From the Buddha

Belle Brett meditates about how to know when a project is done in "The Sound of One Hand Clapping." 

July 14, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life