Does Writing Advice Work for You?

By Katrin Schumann

Do you hole up in near seclusion like Jonathan Franzen to create your opus? Do you use social media for ideas and encouragement? Do you read fiction while you write fiction? Where do you find your inspiration and your will to carry on in spite of the self-doubt? Do you search for answers in what other fiction writers do?

Ultimately, the only thing that matters is what works for you.

December 7, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

Best of Boston: What's Happening in December?

Welcome to our eleventh installment of Best of Boston, filled to the brim with literary goodness to add to your calendar. Take a peek at Grub's assemblage of all the most exciting events going on around town next month.


Illustrated Lecture: Death at the Paris Exposition

December 5th, 7:00pm-8:00pm

The 1900 Paris Exposition, House of Worth Fashions, and Mary Cassatt paintings, all provide a backdrop for the 6th Emily Cabot Mystery. Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St., Boston.


Jennifer Munro Featured at Story Space

December 6th, 6:45pm-9:00pm

Jennifer Munro has performed at festivals ...

December 5, 2016 | GrubWrites

The Writing Life

Behind the Scenes at the Phone-a-thon

GrubStreet's board members manned a phone-a-thon to reach out and thank this year's donors. We asked them why donating to Grub is so important. Watch to see what they said!


December 2, 2016 | GrubWrites

Why I Write Vol 14: The Wasps Keep Buzzing

In this series, "Why I Write," members of the Grub community share what compels them to put words onto paper day after day. In this edition, Eileen Tomarchio on writing about change.


I write because wasps made nests in the soffits again.

I write because the neighbors look so young now.

I write because my husband is turning soil in the garden.

I write because my 12th grade English teacher returned my Truffaut paper with a wobble of her chin and press of my hand, and I thought I’d done something wrong.

December 1, 2016 | Eileen Tomarchio

The Writing Life

Holiday Gifts for Grubbies (Or What Writers Really Want for the Holidays)

With the arrival of the holidays, writers can expect to receive a bevy of pithy t-shirts, snarky mugs, and bookmarks or plates with inspiring quotes. As much as we love these literary artifacts, wouldn’t it be great to receive gifts that summon your inner muse or help you find an audience for your writing? Here they are, comrades: the five gifts you really want. Now how to slip this list to your loved ones?

November 30, 2016 | Jenn Scheck-Kahn

The Writing Life