The Trouble with Transitions

My daughters were supposed to be getting ready for bed when I walked into their room and found my four-year-old naked, kneeling on all fours with her butt in the air, her older sister slapping her bottom.

 

What are you doing? I asked.

 

Playin’ the drums, my older daughter said.

 

And though part of me was relieved to see my four-year-old finally using her butt for something other than a wind instrument, I immediately stopped the show and escorted her to the shower.

April 11, 2018 | Ben Berman

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Meet a Grubbie: Joanna Kim

GrubStreet runs on coffee, printer ink, and community. This series features just some of the Grubbies who make our community strong. Meet Joanna Kim, the first-ever recipient of the Anita Shreve Emerging Writer Fellowship. The Fellowship aims to develop new, exciting voices by providing one writer per year tuition-free access to Grub classes and Muse & the Marketplace conferences.

 

What author, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with and why?

Probably Flannery O’Connor! She masterfully addresses the human condition in her pieces, and she owned a farm of peacocks. How do you raise peacocks on a writer’s income ...

April 10, 2018 | GrubWrites

Community

Meet a Grubbie: Jéssica Oliveira

GrubStreet runs on coffee, printer ink, and community. This series features just some of the Grubbies who make our community strong. Meet our 2018 Emerging Writer Fellowship recipient Jéssica Oliveira. The Fellowship aims to develop new, exciting voices by providing one writer per year tuition-free access to Grub classes and Muse & the Marketplace conferences.  

 

What author, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with and why?

I want to say Jhumpa Lahiri because “A Temporary Matter” is the first piece of writing to make me feel so seen and affirmed that it brought me to ugly, hiccupping ...

April 9, 2018 | GrubWrites

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Writing Rules Made to Be Broken: Never Look Back

There's a distinctly rebellious air about the Muse and the Marketplace Conference this year. This weekend at Boston's Park Plaza, #Muse18 presenters will be letting loose on the writing rules that have held our manuscripts hostage for far too long. To kick off the conversation ahead of the Muse weekend, this year's Muse series explores the writing, publishing, and workshop rules, conventions, and accepted norms that authors, agents, and editors at the Muse love to hateand why they'd love to see them broken. Some presenters will also offer their own rules or conventions that they ...

April 5, 2018 | Sarah Colwill-Brown

Craft Advice

Getting to Grips with a Big Revision of Your Novel

by Katrin Schumann

I'm working on a major revision of a novel I wrote some years ago and put away in a drawer. I loved and still love the story, but I think it needs a more compelling central question. Right now, I'd call it a "family saga," and while there's nothing inherently wrong with that, I'd like to create a through-line in the story that makes it more compelling. I want readers to be thinking, Oh my god, what happens next?

April 4, 2018 | Katrin Schumann

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