Writing Rules That Were Made to Be Broken: Show Don't Tell

There's a distinctly rebellious air about the Muse and the Marketplace Conference this year. Come April 6-8 at Boston's Park Plaza, #Muse18 presenters will be letting loose on the writing rules that have held our manuscripts hostage for far too long. To kick off the conversation ahead of the Muse weekend, this year's Muse series explores the writing, publishing, and workshop rules, conventions, and accepted norms that authors, agents, and editors at the Muse love to hate -- and why they'd love to see them broken. Some presenters will also offer their own rules or conventions that they ...

February 1, 2018 | Sarah Colwill-Brown

Craft Advice

Top Picks: Deadline-Free Opportunities for Writers

If, like nu metal rapper Fred Durst in the early aughts, you like your submission calls to keep rollin', rollin', rollin', rollin', then this is the post for you! Every month, we publish "Writing Life Essentials," a 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. These regular posts focus on upcoming deadlines, but we like to feature a limited number of rolling submissions as well. Once a rolling submission appears on a monthly ...

January 30, 2018 | Sarah Colwill-Brown

The Writing Life

How Authors Can Rock 2018 Using Social Media For Book Marketing

It's a new year and what better time to think about how you can do things differently when it comes to marketing your book online. These eighteen tips will help you put your best foot forward, right from the beginning. 

    January 26, 2018 | Crystal King

    The Writing Life

    Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach

    We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

    January 24, 2018 | Henriette Lazaridis

    Craft Advice

    How Can Journals Do More to Improve Representation?

    In late November, members and friends of the GrubStreet Writers of Color Group met with editors from local literary journals and magazines to talk about the publishing process, the concerns facing writers of color when they submit to magazines, and what journals can do to improve representation of writers of color. Group member and GrubStreet instructor Daphne Strassmann gives us the key points of the discussion, including what both writers and editors can do differently when it comes to submissions.


    Writers wrestle many demons of insecurity when it comes to submitting work for publication. For some authors, like myself, self-doubt ...

    January 22, 2018 | GrubWrites

    The Writing Life