May 2019 Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The May 2019 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. We do the research, so you have more time for what matters: the writing. Or, the memorial-day-weekend trip planning. That matters too.

May 2, 2019 | Hannah Levinson

The Writing Life

Lit Boston: What's Happening in May?

In the May 2019 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.



The Cuba Writers Program

Hannah Levinson

Grub News The Writing Life

Snapshot of a Book Launch: Part 2

What’s launching your book really like? 

 

Do you take your own advice?

My first novel, The Forgotten Hours, came out almost three months ago. While I’ve published and launched nonfiction books, this was my first experience debuting a novel. Ironically, after developing and teaching the Launch Lab along with Lynne Griffin, I’d become a bit of a book marketing expert, despite being a non-business-focused creative type. Since the Launch Lab is about helping authors promote themselves and their books in an authentic, sustainable, successful, and hopefully even enjoyable way, I was all set, right?

I ...

May 1, 2019 | Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading The Writing Life

The Sliding Scale of Narrative Distance

Short Story Incubator instructor, Ron MacLean, shares his thoughts on use of narrative distance in fiction. Ready to take your short fiction to the next level? Join us on Wednesday, May 29th, 6:00-7:30pm for an informal Q&A session on our Short Story Incubator program. Instructor Ron MacLean will be there to answer any questions you have about the Short Story Incubator program. We'll give you all the information you need to know about the application process, what the program entails, the schedule, the philosophy behind our approach, and anything else on your mind.  

 

One of ...

April 26, 2019 | Ron MacLean

Craft Advice

Summer Multi-Weeks Starting Soon!

This summer, we're bringing back old favorites as well as brand new classes like "Map Your Novel in 6 Weeks" and "Essentials of Magical Realism." We're also offering more one-week intensives and crash courses, like "Nonfiction Intensive: Writing Home" and "Elements of Short Fiction: A Crash Course."

Plus, if you have a teen writer in your life, we've got a full schedule of summer teen writing classes.
 
Plan your summer writing vacation today and secure a spot in one of these multi-week classes: 
 

Fiction

Daytime

Sean Van Deuren

Grub News