Putting A Dent In My Writer Self-Doubt: A First Timer's Lessons at the Muse & the Marketplace

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It's never too early to start mentally prepping for next year's Muse & the Marketplace conference, especially as the Muse is happening earlier next yearApril 6-8, 2018, to be precise. Get a jump on your #Muse18 strategy with this advice for first-timers—and anxious young writers in general—from GrubStreet's Program Coordinator, Lauren Smith.

July 20, 2017 | Ren C. Smith

The Writing Life

Why I Write Vol. 2: A Firm Hold in the Night

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In this series, "Why I Write," members of the Grub community share what compels them to put words onto paper day after day.


In the seventh grade, I sat at my best friend’s kitchen table, on the verge of telling her something huge. I was going to admit that I was...well, I didn’t know exactly what, but I knew that girls made my heart beat a little faster than I thought they should. Especially her, but that was a confession for another day.

August 19, 2016 | Ren C. Smith

Books & Reading

Going Off the Rails: A Conversation with Lindsay Hatton

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One of Chicago Tribune’s “30 Books to Read This Summer,” Lindsay Hatton’s debut novel, Monterey Bay, released tomorrow, follows precocious Margot Fiske, a fifteen-year-old relocated to Monterey Bay by her father, as she navigates a relationship with an older biologist

July 18, 2016 | Ren C. Smith