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Why Take a One-Day Workshop?

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I consider myself a veteran Grub student, having taken classes consistently since 2012. However, I've tended to stick to the multi-week classes, fearing that the one-day workshops would be a waste of time and money. How could I cram so much information in my head in one day?

When I took Ethan Gilsdorf's Freelance Essentials workshop last month, I changed my mind. The workshop was energizing and valuable, giving me new ideas and perspectives

September 9, 2014 | Betsy Garrett

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Research: Where to Start?

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When I was in college in the late 1990s, one of the most overwhelming things for me was research. I was never taught how to properly navigate the university’s library; with so many resources, how was I to know what to use when writing a paper for a class? This was all occurring at a time when the Internet was just beginning—the current range of resources for students is enormous.

 

August 20, 2014 | Kurt Morris

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On Finding That Balance Between Work and Work

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My family and I are renting a house in Maine for the week. It’s a cottage that sits on the property of a working farm. On the first morning of our visit, we met Shep, the border collie who lives at the farmhouse and on most days moves the sheep from one paddock to another. The farmers told us that on the days he doesn’t get to herd the sheep, the dog can be a handful. He’s just a year old, and has a puppy’s silliness mixed with an adult’s sense of purpose.

August 13, 2014 | Michelle Seaton

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Thievery

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I am a writer, and therefore a thief.

Last week the most recent case in point. A Tweet of a line I liked, one that resonated and is likely percolating in my amoral brain even now: bad decisions I don’t regret. It was, I knew, the spawn of a conversation I’d had over a drink with a new friend. It was, in my mind, fair game. She didn’t fully share that perspective.

“Didn’t we kind of arrive at that phrase together?” I asked.

May 23, 2014 | Ron MacLean

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Do You Strive to be a Brilliant Writer, or Good Enough?

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All writers are bipolar—at least all the ones I know. We are a crazy mixture of egotistical, manic, single-minded, optimistic on the one hand and sensitive, catastrophizing, scattered and pessimistic on the other. How do we live and produce work in a world filled with such extremes?

Every step of the process toward publication for writers is fraught with potholes that can potentially blow our tires

February 6, 2014 | Katrin Schumann

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