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Pretty Sentences Should Add Up To Something: An Interview with Hannah Tennant-Moore

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Harvard Book Store's New Voices in Fiction series, presented with GrubStreet, invites hotly anticipated debut novelists to talk about their work and their writing process

February 16, 2016 | Colwill Brown


Writing Dude: How I Did Pandering Wrong

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In her recent essay, “On Pandering,” Claire Vaye Watkins records the shock of discovering that she wrote, primarily, for old white men, members of the literati like Franzen, Roth, et al whose approval she sought and to whose tastes and experiences her fiction catered. This summer, I experienced a revelation not dissimilar, but arguably even more depressing: I was writing my novel for young white men, and not the famous kind, not the lauded writer genius kind

December 16, 2015 | Colwill Brown

Craft Advice

An Interview with Jennifer De Leon

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Writer and educator Jennifer De Leon has had a very good year: in the same summer, her story "Home Movie" was selected as the Boston Book Festival's One City, One Story, and she was named the Associates of the Boston Public Library's Children's Writer-in-Residence for 2015 to work on her novel, Volar. A long-time Grub student turned instructor, Jennifer received a scholarship in 2013 to attend GrubStreet's Launch Lab program, through which she created a platform for her anthology, Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), now in its third ...

December 11, 2015 | Colwill Brown


Find a Way to Protect that Creative Space Within: An Interview with Author Louise Miller

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Louise Miller, author of The City Baker's Guide to Country Living (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking/Penguin, August 2016), received a scholarship in 2012 to attend GrubStreet's Novel Incubator Program, where she worked on the final revisions of the novel, before signing with an agent and an editor she met through the Muse and the Marketplace Conference

November 27, 2015 | Colwill Brown


The Importance of First Lines: Why Revision Should Begin at the Beginning

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Did you know agents might not read beyond your first line? As a hopeful novelist, clutching a newly-completed first draft and wondering where to start with revision, I was aware that the opening pages of a novel were important, but I didn’t realize how crucial first lines could be until I met Sorche Fairbank, agent and Grub Street instructor.

October 8, 2013 | Colwill Brown

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