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An Interview with Dawn Tripp, Author of Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe

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Dawn Tripp is a favorite among Boston-area writers and readers—and for good reason. I first met her at the Boston Book Festival where I moderated a fiction panel we quickly dubbed “Three Blondes and a Brit.” There we were: James MacManus, author of the acclaimed forthcoming Midnight in Berlin, Holly LeCraw, best-selling author of The Half Brother, Tripp, who nailed the Massachusetts Book Award with her second novel, and me. Though I hadn’t met Dawn before or known her books, she had such an open-armed kind of warmth, and such a passion for other writers and their work, that ...

February 25, 2016 | Michelle Hoover

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An Interview with Alexander Chee, Author of The Queen of the Night

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Alexander Chee’s second novel, The Queen of the Night, has topped nearly every “2016 must-read” list that flooded the Internet in January, and the response to each was ecstatic. Chee is not only a writer’s writer, but a great friend to writers

February 12, 2016 | Michelle Hoover

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The Making of a Good Writing Workshop Citizen: A Crash Course in Humanity, Bullet-Point Style

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Michelle Hoover, Instructor for Grub's Novel Incubator program, is a verified expert in the field of writerly etiquette. Here, she offers her best advice on workshop citizenship and shows us exactly how she keeps the Incubator classroom a supportive space for writers. 


It seems like a recipe for torture

February 9, 2016 | Michelle Hoover

Guest Post Inspiration The Workshop

An Interview with Lauren Groff, Author of Fates and Furies

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Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies elbowed out some of its competition last Wednesday when the National Book Award announced its 2015 finalists, but of any writer I know, I don’t expect such adulation to go to Groff’s head. I first met Lauren at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference where she was a fellow and I had somehow earned the nickname “Buffy the Copy Machine Slayer” in my role as conference office staff

October 23, 2015 | Michelle Hoover

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Within Spitting Distance:  William Giraldi, Alix Ohlin, and the Book of the Damned

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It was on Facebook where I first got wind of William Giraldi’s NYT review of Alix Ohlin’s two new books, when a much admired friend and writer raged in his response:  “This is a disgrace…William Giraldi can't write worth a damn.”  Within a few days, the post received ninety responses, many of them linking to other lists of responses, all of them berating Giraldi as eloquently and creatively as writers so effortlessly can

August 21, 2012 | Michelle Hoover

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