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Porter Square Books Staff Picks: May 2022

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Porter Square Books: Boston Edition, located on the first floor of GrubStreet's Center for Creative Writing, is open and ready to fulfill all of your book-browsing desires! Staff Picks are 20% off, so you can add to your TBR pile guilt-free. Whether you want to read a beautiful retelling of a Korean legend, poems about death and pigs, or an unforgettable family saga, PSB has a pick for you. We're located on the southeast side of 50 Liberty, facing the Marina and the ICA. Come visit!

 

The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

If you …

May 6, 2022 | Info

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Vermont College of Fine Arts

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Thank you to our Muse 2022 sponsor, the Vermont College of Fine Arts!

VCFA’s unparalleled writing program. Students work individually with teachers who are also esteemed working writers, bringing each student’s talent into full bloom. Through this collaboration, students’ art, craft, and aesthetic evolve exponentially. More than any other program—low-residency or traditional—their MFA in Writing offers study options for students who wish to explore the intersections of various forms and disciplines, as well as the opportunity to concentrate in a single genre. And, they offer a rarity in low-residency programs: an MFA in Literary Translation. Learn more.

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Consequence Forum

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Thank you to our Muse 2022 sponsor, Consequence Forum!

Consequence Forum addresses the human consequences and realities of war and geopolitical violence through literature, art, and community events offering intellectual and emotional access to the experiences of combatants, victims, and witnesses. They provide the public with works and voices from around the world to promote a clearer and more nuanced understanding of what’s at stake in choosing to wage war or engage in conflict. They present readings, panels, and talks, and publish visual art, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations online and in print. Learn more.

May 3, 2022 | Info

Nominate Your Favorite First Lines for GrubStreet's Cafe Mural

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From "Call me Ishmael" to "I am an invisible man," it is a truth universally acknowledged that we all have our favorite first lines from literature. 

That's why we're asking the GrubStreet community to nominate your favorite first lines from published books, essays, poems, plays, short stories, and more for the chance that your pick will be included in a new mural of first lines inside our future café at the Center for Creative Writing

If you have a first sentence that sings, share it with us by Monday, May 9th, and you just might see it included …

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Author Accelerator

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Thank you to our Muse 2022 sponsor, the Author Accelerator!

One of the hardest parts of writing is getting out of your own head and adopting the perspective of your characters and your readers. Becoming a book coach helps you build this skill. 

In addition to learning about craft issues like Show Don’t Tell and How to Write a Query Letter, book coaches learn how to think big about the marketplace, how to consider the benefits of various narrative structures, and how to identify the mistakes writers often get wrong. 

“I have an MA in English… as well as an …

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