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On Writing Funny: An Interview with Christine Simon, Author of 'The Patron Saint of Second Chances'

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This post was originally published on Dead Darlings, a blog about novel writing run by alumni of GrubStreet's Novel Incubator program.

 

Christine Simon’s delightful debut novel, The Patron Saint of Second Chances, is a story of survival. Welcome to the southern Italian town of Prometto, a “going nowhere place.” The population is dwindling, there is little to no tax revenue coming in, and to make matters worse, the pipes are busted. All 212 souls residing there are (unbeknownst to them) weeks from being relocated by the water commission if Signore Speranza—local vacuum repairman and self-appointed …

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Grubbie Debut: Jonathan Escoffery with Dariel Suarez, If I Survive You

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We're excited to welcome Jonathan Escoffery for the release of If I Survive You, his debut novel! Best-selling author Ann Patchett describes it as "a collection of connected short stories that reads like a novel, that reads like real life, that reads like fiction written at the highest level."

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September 2022 Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

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The September 2022 edition of "Writing Life Essentials" is a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards. We try to prioritize opportunities that are at least one of the following: local, free to apply, and/or committed to celebrating and supporting writers from historically marginalized communities. We do the research, so you have more time for what matters: the writing. Or, deciding which cozy read to kick autumn off with. That’s important, too.

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Join Us for a Fall 2022 Open House: Virtual & In-Person

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Love to write but don't have anywhere to get feedback on your work? Want to meet fellow writers and work under the guidance of published authors? GrubStreet is here to help!

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On Thursday, August 18th from 5:30pm-6:30pm, we will be hosting a Virtual Open House to talk about upcoming Fall 2022 classes, GrubStreet's membership program, GrubStreet's Boston Writers of Color Group, and more!

In this webinar-style session, a panel of our staff members will give you an overview of GrubStreet and who we are, and we'll dive into everything coming up at GrubStreet next term. At the …

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Join Us for a Teen Summer Class!

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This summer, we're excited to host a mix of online and in-person classes so you can write with fellow teens virtually, in-person at our Center for Creative Writing, or both! Take a look below to see all of our summer classes. As always, scholarships are available for every single class below and are super easy to apply for.

 

August 8th through August 12th, 10:30am-3:30pm ET

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