How Writing Returns us to Wonder

Given the busyness of our lives, finding time to “dwell in possibility,” as Emily Dickinson writes, isn’t easy. In this post, Grub Instructor Ben Berman thinks about how the writing process returns us to wonder and gives us the chance to “contemplate this world with a mixture of reverie and reverence.”

 

We are in the CVS parking lot, waiting for my wife to finish some errands, when my five-year-old notices an inchworm on her car window and starts to panic.

 

It’s okay, I say. It’s on the outside.

 

I don’t care, she screams. Kill it!

  ...

July 11, 2018 | Ben Berman

The Writing Life

July Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The July 2018 edition of "Writing Life Essentials," a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards, with a focus on opportunities that are at least one of the following: local, free to apply, and/or committed to celebrating and supporting writers from historically marginalized communities

July 5, 2018 | Sarah Colwill-Brown

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Dealing with Copyedits: Just How Bad is the Past Perfect?

The final stages before book publication involve copyediting (and then proofreading). It's your last chance to make changes before your writing goes public. What can you do at this stage to assure your book stays true to your unique vision and style?

Every soon-to-be published writer is nervous and excited about copyedits. Will they require rewriting of beloved text

July 3, 2018 | Katrin Schumann

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Lit Boston: What’s Happening in July?

In the July 2018 edition of "Best of Boston," we bring you our top Boston lit events this month, curated from the Boston Literary District's event calendar, an essential source of literary happenings.

June 25, 2018 | Info

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How to Generate Creativity When You Don’t Have Time to Write

GrubStreet Instructor, marketing consultant, writer, and mother of two, Allison Pottern Hoch knows how to squeeze maximum creativity from every spare second. She’ll be covering this topic and more in her class Writing Like a Parent, Parenting Like a Writer on July 7th, but until then read on to find out how to engage creatively right now

June 22, 2018 | Allison Hoch

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