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Grub Goes Online


In addition to teaching, I always take classes at Grub each term to keep up with my own writing. So, when Grub offered online classes for the first time in the fall, I decided to take Grace Talusan's Art of the Personal Essay online class. I had taken an in-person class with her a couple years ago (which was fabulous), so I had high hopes for her online class. I was not disappointed

January 15, 2014 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone

The Workshop

Writing About Work

I had a female foreign student once who bought me lingerie as an end-of-semster gift. As I held up the see-through teddy and matching g-string, I tried my best to thank her with a straight face.

A large kid (almost 200 lbs) I babysat in high school threw a tantrum at McDonalds when I refused to order him a Big Mac. I thought I’d have to call the cops. He was double my size and I couldn’t get him off the ground where he laid, kicking

October 16, 2013 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone

Craft Advice

In Defense of Handwriting


There is one rule I put in my syllabus that the freshmen I teach writing to always seem surprised about: NO laptops in class. There are some occasions when I allow computers, but it is rare. Very rare. The students seem further perplexed when I tell them that in my MFA program, the same rule applied. And it wasn't soooo long ago that I was in this program, I explain. Laptops DID exist

September 18, 2013 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone

Craft Advice

Ode to My Students

By Nadine Kenney Johnstone

The night before the first class, I panicked.

What had I been thinking when I agreed to teach a workshop just five weeks after giving birth?

During pregnancy, I thought I'd actually be bored (yes, BORED) once Geo arrived. I imagined hours of nursing and cuddling, but I had also heard that babies sleep. A lot. So, I honestly envisioned an lot of thumb twirling happening on my end while Geo napped

August 21, 2013 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone

Inspiration The Workshop

YAWP Camp for Dummies



Written by the teens who attended Grub Street's weeklong writing intensive camp Aug. 5-9:

Mack, Ben, Caroline, Liza, Ruth, Tasneen, Fiona, Hannah, Isabella, and Ally


So, you've landed at Grub Street Young Adult Writers' Program. You're a teen between 13 and 18, and instead of sitting in your corner of the library and being bookish, losing whatever tan or burn you acquired that one time you went to the beach, your mom or dad has told you to, "leave your dolls behind and make some damn friends." So you're left with the question ...

August 12, 2013 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone