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"Writing in a Time of Upheaval": Stacey D'Erasmo's 2019 Keynote [VIDEO]

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To help keep our spirits up and our words flowing, we're sharing Muse and the Marketplace keynote talks and special event videos from GrubStreet's past in a series called "From the Grub Archive." This week, we're sharing a keynote video by Stacey D'Erasmo

The title alone of Stacey D'Erasmo's brilliantly erudite 2019 keynote speech "Writing in a Time of Upheaval" feels urgently relevant to us right now in the midst of a global pandemic. D’Erasmo’s talk is a careful and illuminating close-reading of how the work of writers and artists like Gwendolyn ...

May 19, 2020 | Info

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What You Need to Nail in the First Pages of Your Book

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By Katrin Schumann

Last month, feeling unmoored and wanting to build community during self-isolation, I launched something I called #fivefreepages, in which I offered to critique five pages at the beginning of a nonfiction book or novel, free of charge

May 6, 2020 | Katrin Schumann

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How to Write in an Age of Anxiety

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This article was originally published on Dead Darlings 


Michelle Hoover, Novel Incubator instructor and author of Bottomlandshares some of her tips to help get you back to your writing desks during this time and calm the nerves just enough to concentrate for an hour or two or more.

April 7, 2020 | Michelle Hoover

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What Writers Do in Times of Crisis

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By Katrin Schumann

I sat down to write this post and have now written four openings and ditched them all.

What do writers need to hear in times like this? How can I be helpful to others when that which binds us--our obsessive love of words, books, writing--is overshadowed so universally by our fear of the unknown? 

Do I tell you how to make lemons out of lemondade?* Do I reveal that I'm writing page after page despite the uncertainty and boredom

April 1, 2020 | Katrin Schumann

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Research While Writing: Handle With Care!

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By Katrin Schumann

Today, March 4, is the official Boston launch of my second novel, This Terrible Beauty. It's a momentous occasion for me for many reasons, not least of which is that I feel proud of finding what I think is the right balance between fact and fiction.

What I mean is, I had so, so, SO much material for this book

March 26, 2020 | Katrin Schumann

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