How to Know When to Quit Your Novel

By Katrin Schumann

Last year, I was thinking a lot about this question as it relates to writing: When is it okay to give in and give up?

Why? Because in the months before publishers began showing interest in my novel, The Forgotten Hours, I had seriously been considering changing careers and giving up writing altogether. This was a huge deal for me since I basically can’t do anything else (at least not well, and with enthusiasm).

June 5, 2019 | Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading Craft Advice The Writing Life

The Challenges and Joys of Teaching Poetry

GrubStreet instructor Ben Berman discusses the challenges and joys of teaching poetry, as he prepares to lead professional development for teachers this summer.

 

 

This summer, I am very excited for the opportunity to lead some professional development for teachers through Mass Poetry. However, one of my rituals –whenever I begin preparing to teach anything – is to immediately doubt everything I know

Ben Berman

Grub News The Workshop The Writing Life

YAWP Summer 2019 Playlist Series: Wannabe

In anticipation of 75-degree-or-higher weather, endless waffle cones of ice cream, and later curfews, we’ve asked teen instructors to describe their upcoming teen class as a pop song. Our first instructor in our YAWP Summer Playlist series is Katie Bayerl, author of A Psalm for Lost Girls.

June 4, 2019 | Katie Bayerl

The Writing Life

June 2019 Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The June 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 summer solstice festivities. That matters too.

Hannah Levinson

Grub News The Writing Life

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (Since 2014)

GrubStreet's Founder and Executive Director, Eve Bridburg, shares an update on Grub’s growth and strategy since 2014.



In the winter of 2015, I spent the holiday break writing a proposal to the Barr Foundation to fund our new strategy

Eve Bridburg

Grub News The Writing Life