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YAWP Summer 2019 Playlist Series: In the Garage

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In anticipation of 75-degree-or-higher weather, endless waffle cones of ice cream, and later curfews, we’ve asked teen instructors to describe their upcoming teen class as a pop song. Our first instructor in our YAWP Summer Playlist series is Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms



If my class Storytelling with Dungeons & Dragons was a pop song, it would have to be Weezer's "In the Garage." Why? Well, just listen to the opening lyrics to the song:


"I've got a ...

June 20, 2019 | Ethan Gilsdorf

The Writing Life

Providence: Your New Favorite Lit Scene?

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Rhode Island resident and Grub Instructor Ethan Gilsdorf offers an inside look at New England's best new lit scene: Providence. Drop by our Providence Open House and Info Session on Monday evening, January 14 and enjoy drinks and snacks, hear about upcoming winter/spring classes in Providence, meet Ethan and mingle with fellow students and writers. Grub staff members and instructors will be on hand to discuss your writing goals and recommend classes that are right for you. Plus, we'll offer a discount on classes for all attendees. 

Many cities can claim their share of literary history ...

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Meet a Grubbie: Ethan Gilsdorf

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GrubStreet runs on coffee, printer ink, and community. This series features just some of the Grubbies who make our community strong. In this edition, meet Grub Instructor Ethan GilsdorfYou can catch Ethan in person this September, in his twelve-week class, Writing and Publishing the Risky Narrative Personal Essay, or online, in 6 Weeks, 6 Op-Eds, both of which begin on Tuesday, September 12th. If you're ready for the next level, check out Ethan's Master Narrative Personal Essay course, beginning Thursday, September 14th.

 

What favorite book of yours was made into a movie, which did you like ...

August 1, 2017 | Ethan Gilsdorf

Community

Five Reasons Why the Book Tour Is Not Dead

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by Ethan Gilsdorf

Is the book tour dead?

It's true that the lavish, publisher-funded, four-star hotel tour with handler, driver and copious bowls of M&Ms (green ones carefully plucked) is over. If that even existed.

Today, with publishers facing woefully depleted publicity staffs and budgets, and the culture's current focus on ebooks, the Internet and social media, one wonders if the old-fashioned reading tour is even worthwhile.

June 9, 2015 | Ethan Gilsdorf

Craft Advice Secret

This Blog Post Is a Pep Talk

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By Ethan Gilsdorf

When I write for a public venue such as this, I'm often trying to pass along some writerly trick of the trade. My ideas or advice or tips are for your benefit. My audience is you. Whoever you are.

Not this time.

This time, I'm writing as much for my benefit as yours.

See, I've just come from another harrowing session with my therapist. (Not kidding about the therapist. Every self-respecting writer should have one.)

April 27, 2015 | Ethan Gilsdorf

The Writing Life