Announcing Muse 2021: Enhanced Writing Residency Edition

Dear GrubStreet Community,

We hope you’re safe and well during these uncertain times. We’re writing with a special announcement about Muse 2021.

After reviewing many options, we’ve decided that we simply cannot host our April 2021 conference in-person without compromising two of our highest values: safety and equity. Even if we could ensure in-person social distancing for our 1,000+ attendees, we know that Grubbies who are age 60+, immunocompromised, and/or in communities of color would shoulder a greater risk in coming — with many simply unable to come altogether.

We want to host a Muse that *every* Grubbie will feel comfortable attending.

Therefore, we’re bringing you something totally new next spring: The Muse & the Marketplace 2021: An Enhanced Writing Residency.

Will it be the same as past Muses? No. Will it be something new, very cool, and unique? Hell yes. Here’s a snapshot:

  • The Muse 2021 experience will take place as a virtual writing residency with the core goal of dedicating five days next April to your writing. This will take place from Wednesday, April 21st - Sunday, April 25th 2021.
  • Facilitating this will be goal-setting opportunities, small cohorts of your writer friends and those working in your genre, and 65 sessions taught by excellent guest authors on the craft of the novel, memoir, poetry, and much more. Plus, we’ll have sessions on navigating the publishing world led by premiere literary agents, editors, publicists, and more.
  • Nearly all 65 sessions will be recorded, so if you can’t follow the programming in real-time, you can simply absorb the richness of the residency on your *own* schedule in the weeks afterwards. 

  • Optional Premium Workshops, taking place the week after the writing residency portion, will invite you into a small workshop with a star author centered on a particular theme or perspective. This will take place from Wednesday, April 28th - Sunday, May 2nd 2021.
  • Author’s Galleria Info Sessions with directors of MFA programs, author photographers, and other services for writers.
  • Surprise guests, little joys, and a “box of intrigue and fun” sent directly to your door (the contents of which will be revealed as the residency unfolds)!
  • Thanks to far lower venue expenses, we will lower the price to $249 for Grub members and $269 for non-members. This is 53% off the usual Muse price. We’re thrilled to pass these savings onto you.
  • We look forward to including writers from all over the country and the world in a way that has never before been possible.

  • The ever-popular Manuscript Mart will still take place with agent and/or editor meetings happening over the phone.
  • New Agent Info Sessions — a more virtual-friendly form of the Shop Talk Happy Hour — will invite you to join a small group of fellow writers to hear directly from a given literary agent on what manuscripts they’re seeking.
  • We’re pleased to offer more scholarships to Muse 2021 than ever before; click here to apply today! We will also have a limited number scholarships available for the Manuscript Mart and Premium Workshops. The application will be announced in this newsletter by early fall!


The full Muse 2021 schedule will be available on our website in the coming months, and registration will open mid-December.


About the Author

GrubWrites is a space for the writing and reading community to share ideas and seek advice, a place where writers at the very beginning of their careers publish alongside established authors. Book lovers, we bring you reviews, recommendations, and conversations with exciting new authors to keep you up to speed on all things lit. Writers, this is your one stop shop for expert craft talk, opinions on how we learn and teach writing, and essential advice about the publishing industry.

Plus, we want to hear from you! Our ongoing call for submissions is open to literary community members of all types and persuasions. We want to hear from students, teachers, authors, readers, editors, agents, publicists, and any devotee of the written word. If you have something to say about writing, reading, the publishing industry, or anything related to the literary world, this is the place to voice it. We’re particularly committed to advocating for a diverse range of voices in the literary marketplace and raising the visibility of writers from under-represented communities.

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