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My Road to Hollywood Goes Through GrubStreet

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We had our last fall class in Introduction to Screenwriting last week, and I've learned so much in the last two months that I feel ready to go to LA to take a meeting. 


I think I speak for all the students in the class when I say that Cheryl Eagan Donovan loaded us up with phenomenally useful information on how to get a screenplay up and running and what to think about when thinking about commercial viability
December 2, 2014 | Larry Lindner


It's About Food

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Chances are you're online right now because you're looking for a recipe. Or you're checking directions to the house or apartment or restaurant you're going to tomorrow to eat yourself silly. Admit it: you only made it to Grub's blog today because a) you got the email reminder and clicked out of habit or b) you thought you would bone up on all things publishing so you could better answer those pesky questions from family members around the Thanksgiving fowl, like "How come James Patterson sells so many books but you don't?"

November 26, 2014 | Henriette Lazaridis

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The Great Paper Purge

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Are your shelves bending under the weight of unread books? Are your files bulging with research for stories yet to be written? Do you have boxes or piles of old notebooks in the corner of every room? Every time you encounter a new anecdote or historical fact, do you say aloud, “I can use that,” as you reach for paper and pen? If so, I can relate. Writers are natural collectors—or hoarders, perhaps

November 12, 2014 | Michelle Seaton

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The Question of Greatness

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Back when I was an MFA student, my classmate and friend Keith Gessen wrote a fascinating article for The Boston Globe. It was about William Dean Howells and a little bit about Henry James. In 1912, William Dean Howells was declared “the greatest living American writer and novelist.” Ninety years later, he was expelled from "The Norton Anthology of American Literature." How could such a thing happen

November 4, 2014 | Ellen Litman

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Writers Who Relocate: On Finding Community

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There were a million other things to focus on: parenting, work, loading the dishwasher, oh and moving halfway across the country. Grub Street's Launch Lab application deadline came at the worst time. Where in my day of working full time, spending quality time with my son, unpacking boxes, and fighting with the internet company was I going to sit down and fill out the forms? So I didn’t, and I convinced myself that I wouldn’t be missing anything, that it wasn’t worth all the effort

October 15, 2014 | Nadine Johnstone

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