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Teens Speak Out: How Grub's Teen Programs Give Voice to Young Writers

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At this year's Muse and the Marketplace Conference, teen YAWP fellow Ruth Ballard spoke to the Muse Keynote audience about what GrubStreet's teen programs mean to her and why they are important for all teen writers. Visit our teen pages to find out more about how you can support our #writethefuture campaign and keep these vital programs free for all teens. Here is Ruth's speech, in full. 


The first time I came to GrubStreet, I was nothing short of terrified. My mother practically dragged me to their front door step, refusing to take “no” for ...
June 8, 2015 | Ruth Ballard

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Lit Link Loves: Our Internet Faves 6/1/15

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Once every few weeks or so we’ll feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done. 

On YouTube, from Humble Beast, musician and spoken word poet Propaganda schools us on being "present" in our hyper-connected lives:

June 1, 2015 | Info

Inspiration The Writing Life

Get Lost

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The only way to find the story is to lose the moment. Forget checklists, guidebooks, and maps. Stop asking for directions. Walk the crumbling footpaths and forget where you're going, where you are. 

It never occured to me that losing my way would give me direction, but it did. The picture above was taken two weeks ago in the city of Pompeii. I had no map. My idea of Pompeii was circumscribed by a diarama I'd done as a child, and though I had to realize, I tell myself now, that the city was surely larger than a shoebox, I roamed Pompeii without care

May 21, 2015 | KL Pereira

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Writing with Annie and Anne

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A quote from Annie Dillard’s book The Writing Life is taped to the wall near my desk: “I do not so much write a book as sit up with it, as with a dying friend. During visiting hours, I enter its room with dread and sympathy for its many disorders. I hold its hand and hope it will get better.”

Each time I sit down to write, I’ve already forgotten how I propped myself up the day before. In need of another hit of encouragement, I read it again.

May 5, 2015 | Info

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Summer Teen Fellowship 2015: Have You Applied Yet?

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GrubStreet's Summer Teen Fellowship immerses high school students in the writers' life of creative craft and publishing. During three weeks at GrubStreet, teens work with published authors on original prose and poetry, meet with literary agents and editors, take field trips to inspirational locales like the ICA, and more. In the spirit of writers' residencies for adults, all teens will receive a stipend for their commitment to the program and their time spent as working writers.

March 9, 2015 | Info

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