August Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The August 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

Colwill Brown

Grub News

Make Room for Surprise in Your Writing

There’s nothing wrong with writing what you know. But in this post, Grub Instructor Ben Berman looks at how the writing process also offers us the opportunity to discover what we know.

 

My five-year-old always protests whenever she sees me bring out my poetry bag—the briefcase I use when I go out for readings—knowing that I won’t be home in time to tuck her in.

August 8, 2018 | Ben Berman

Craft Advice The Writing Life

What if Facebook were a Writing Workshop?

GrubStreet Founder and Executive Director Eve Bridburg's recent TEDx Talk urges us all to take our words seriously, especially when communicating with one another online. Here, she shares why she believes writing workshops serve as a model for political and cultural conversation, and what's at stake in our social media discourse.

Eve Bridburg

Community Grub News

First Time Authors Share Seven Things that Surprised Them After Selling Their Books

The traditional publishing process can be full of surprises for a first-time author. Here's what a few writers publishing in 2019 have learned since signing on the dotted line.

 

We make all sorts of assumptions about what it will be like to actually become published authors for the first time

Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading Community Grub News The Writing Life

Social Media Advice for Authors with Limited Time

I’ve been meeting with the same writing group for over a decade. All of us are in varying stages of our novel process, but one of our group members recently landed an agent and her book is now out on submission.

“You are going to start thinking about your social media now, right?” I asked her. “Don’t wait until the book is published!”

July 25, 2018 | Crystal King

The Writing Life