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How Hiking Shaped My Writing

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Breaking camp and stepping into the light of a rising sun is a way of life for a long-distance hiker. Dew in the meadows, streams flowing, the woodlands and forests promise another day of adventure as well as contemplation. With a morning sun, if you are heading north or south and are in a canyon or valley, the mountains and hills are backlit, but you feel the warmth of sunlight, and it is a beautiful experience.

November 15, 2011 | Info

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Success Story: Modern Love

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This summer, Grub Street was proud to feature Molly Howes in our Grub Street Rag e-newsletter "Department of Congratulations," highlighting her recent publication in the New York Times "Modern Love" column.  How'd she do it? Read on.

September 20, 2011 | Info

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Department of Congratulations, This Tent Sleeps Twelve Edition

As always, we've got lots of great news to report this month. First up, news from poets. Lily Deng's poem, "Rekindling", has been selected for publication in The South Carolina Review, and will appear in early 2012. Member Mindy Pollack-Fusi's organization The Place for Words was given a grant by the Bedford Cultural Council to put together a collection of short stories and poems by local writers

September 13, 2011 | Info

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Ode to Grub, Cool Writing Groups (Preferably with Good Food) and Keepin' It Real

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By Amy Rodriguez

I have always loved to write words on scraps of paper, and in journals, letters, love letters, extensive thank-you notes, and notes-to-self, but I never considered myself a writer until I joined Grub Street.

I took my first writing class after the birth of my son four years ago. I was so sleep-deprived that I barely knew my name or where I was, but somehow Michelle Seaton taught me how to write essays in 6 weeks (6 essays). That class was the beginning of my love of Grub and the essay (and Michelle Seaton).

September 6, 2011 | Info

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Friday Five-O: Should I Sign With an Agent?

Dear Friday Five-O,

A fairly prominent agent read my story in a journal and has offered to represent me. It’s the first story I’ve published and don’t have much other finished work. Should I sign with an agent now or wait until I have a novel or collection?

-Lucky Lucy



Dear Lucy,

Thanks for the question.

September 2, 2011 | James Scott

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