Books that Made You a Writer

In the "Books that Made You" series, we're taking a look at the books that made us who we are. This time, we asked you what book made you a writer. After scrutinizing our highly scientific social media poll, we present to you this non-exhaustive list of Grubbie-approved gateway reads.

 

Grub Instructor Britni de la Cretaz says Baseball Life Advice by Stacey May Fowles convinced her to dive into sports writing. “If she could write essays about her feelings and anxiety and domestic violence and tie it all back to baseball, so could I.”

 

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July 13, 2018 | Colwill Brown

Books & Reading The Writing Life

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!

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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 | Colwill Brown

The Writing Life

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

Craft Advice The Writing Life

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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