Readings For Writers: Pick of the Week

Every week, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week, instructor Becky Tuch recommends a new novel she's teaching. 

I've taught a different novel every term in my Jumpstart Your Novel workshop

August 8, 2014 | Becky Tuch

Craft Advice

Public Masturbation, Eating Oranges Slowly and Opening Doors With a Flourish: How Strong Gestures Bring Characters to Life

By Becky Tuch

I don’t remember much from eighth grade English. There was Catcher in the Rye. And there was some talk about irony in literature. Also, there were many novels, the inside covers of which I used to pass notes to friends during class.

My English teacher, however, I remember vividly. I remember him because he was kind and charming and funny. Also, he masturbated in front of the class every day.

January 8, 2014 | Becky Tuch

Craft Advice

Reading Fees: Should You Submit?

By Becky Tuch

If you’ve been sending your writing off to literary magazines, you may have noticed more costs associated with the process. Increasingly, it’s the norm for lit mags to charge reading fees, anything from $2 to $5, in some cases $20 or more.

In “Literary Journals, ‘Reading Fees’, and You,” the editors of Writer’s Relief explain the situation thusly: “Because so many literary journals have both online and print arms these days, administration fees have gone up. Literary journals that do accept submissions online must maintain websites and databases that make digital submissions possible. This ...

December 16, 2013 | Becky Tuch

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Craft Books: A List For Writers

By Becky Tuch

Craft books. Some people swear by them, some people swear they don’t need them. As Randy Susan Meyers wrote recently on Beyond the Margins , “Whisper the words books on writing to a bunch of writers and you might have to watch the whoosh of air as they take sides so fast it’s like being transported to West Side Story.

October 4, 2013 | Becky Tuch

Craft Advice

Is There Life After Grub Street?

In the spring of 2004, I was entrusted with the task of a lifetime: I was to arrive at 160 Boylston Street on a Saturday morning, unlock the front gate and open it so that one of the instructors could teach a one-day writing seminar on novel beginnings.

To you, this may sound trivial, the sort of task assigned to a kid, an intern, to anyone with eyes, fingers, and the right set of keys. At the very least, it is surely not the stuff dreams are made of.

August 2, 2013 | Becky Tuch

The Writing Life