Are You A Boston Lit Mag Expert? Test Your Skill!

You love Boston. It’s where you write. It’s where you read. It’s where you hang out with your favorite writer friends and do other things, occasionally, that are only tangentially related to writing and writers. But how well do you know the literary magazines that sprung from our bibliophilic paradise? Find out now!


December 19, 2017 | Jenn Scheck-Kahn

Procrastinate The Writing Life

Your Favorite Posts: Best of GrubWrites 2017

'Tis the season to gaze back wistfully over a year of procrasti-clicking: In 2017, you checked in with GrubWrites no less than 40,000 times! We appreciate it and all, but ... shouldn't you be writing? J/K: reading the Grub blog IS writing. Well, nearly. This year, you discovered inspiration from your community, insight from fellow writers, fresh new fiction and nonfiction, the latest writer opportunities, and your next lit crush. Well done, you. Here's a look back at your top five posts for the year.


#1 Our Diploma is Your Published Novel: The Books of the Novel ...

December 18, 2017 | Sarah Colwill-Brown


Lit Crush: Best Books of 2017

2017 gave us neck-break news cycles, Fifty Shades Darker, and the man romper (why it wasn't the bro romper—or the #bromper—we'll never know). But 2017 also gave us searing memoirs, blazing poetry, and breathtaking novels. In short, it was lit-tastic. These are the Grub staff and community's very best books of the year. 


The Grub community has spoken

December 15, 2017 | GrubWrites

Books & Reading The Writing Life

My Big Debt to GrubStreet? Grub is Compass and Lifesaver

Writer Shawnna Thomas reflects on her year as the very first recipient of GrubStreet's Emerging Writer Fellowship. The Fellowship, instituted in 2017, is aimed at developing new, exciting voices by providing one writer per year tuition-free access to Grub classes and the Muse conference

December 14, 2017 | GrubWrites

The Writing Life

The Shape of our Stories

Vonnegut wrote his master’s thesis on his theory that all stories could be graphed by computers – with good- and ill-fortune on the y-axis and time on the x-axis.


He believed novels were ultimately about how characters get into and out of trouble and that plots – no matter how varied their premises – could be represented by a mere handful of simple shapes.

December 13, 2017 | Ben Berman