The Challenges and Joys of Teaching Poetry

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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

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YAWP Summer 2019 Playlist Series: Wannabe

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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

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June 2019 Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

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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

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

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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

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What Makes a Good Workshop Citizen?

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Writers often say that the workshop experience is crucial in developing their art. Creating a vibrant and productive workshop is not a matter of luck — there are things we can all do to be better workshop citizens. For this special edition of Sound Skeins, we asked a selection of the dedicated writers, authors, and instructors in our community what we should all be doing to ensure we become valuable, productive, and responsible members of any writing class

May 23, 2019 | Eson Kim

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