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Ten Years, One Story

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The writing workshop that I teach for eight year olds was not going well. One bespectacled boy had decided he didn’t want to write any more. He left his laptop computer, thrust his face into the trash basket, and shouted, “I’m a dog! Look at me, everyone, I’m a dog!”

“Why don’t you want to work on your story?” I asked, ignoring the fact that he was now chewing on a piece of waste paper.

March 22, 2011 | Info

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The Best of the Rag: Department of Congratulations: Do-We-Seriously-Need-a-Size Larger-Than-Venti? Edition

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We dare you: try to drink an entire supersized Caramel Macchiato before reaching the end of this shockingly large Department of Congratulations. Just try it.

This month, we start off with good news from our students. Former Grub student Kara Provost attended Grub poetry classes back in the early days when Grub was based in Somerville, and now she has her second chapbook of poems coming out

March 8, 2011 | Info

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Success Story: Sudha Menon

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Sometime in 2008, on a sabbatical from a very fulfilling journalism career, I discovered the wonderful “other world” of words where I could let myself go and write to my heart’s content without the rules of complete objectivity, tight copy and strict adherence to facts and figures, that my journalism training instilled.  It began with my first Grub Street class with the ever-smiling Grace Talusan and her Jumpstart Your Writing workshop

March 8, 2011 | Info

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The MacDowell Colony says “Yes”

I’ve been deeply involved in an ambitious project these past three years – writing a novel about eminent Victorian John Ruskin. I couldn’t have undertaken such a venture without encouragement – that feeling of “Yes, someone else really does care about this idea.” In my case it was a the editor of a respected literary magazine who published a short story of mine – my huge first Yes – and at the same time encouraged me in my notion to write this novel.

The work is demanding and research-heavy, and I have found that my most productive periods of writing took place ...

February 22, 2011 | Octavia Randolph

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