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The Secrets to Writing a Great Book

By Katrin Schumann

People tend to think writing is romantic, and they’re not entirely wrong. It’s romantic in the way that being obsessed with someone who kind of, basically, mostly loves you back can be romantic—it’s a compelling, desperate, all-encompassing, occasionally fabulous experience. It’s romantic like starving in a garret is romantic: you’re hungry (which sucks), but at least you’re doing something that feels meaningful.

January 4, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

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On Needlepoint & Sacred Spaces

Most nights, after a long day of work, I’m greeted first by my dog and then by my teenage son’s detritus – his backpack, sneakers, a sweater he’s shrugged off and let drop to the floor – littering the front hall and obstructing my path to the kitchen. Yelling at him doesn’t help nor does it feel good. Lately, I’ve taken to calmly opening the front door and tossing all of his things outside while remarking that I think a rainstorm might be coming

December 26, 2016 | Eve Bridburg

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Workshop Apprehensions

New GrubStreet instructor Shubha Sunder reflects about the value of workshop, and how it's complemented by the solitude of the writing process. Catch Shubha in the classroom teaching Fiction II starting January 12th.

 

December 22, 2016 | Shubha Sunder

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Sometimes, When We Pick Our Poems Up

By the time I’d get my poems back…I could see them in a new way, maybe like children getting off the bus from their first day of school.   – Kay Ryan

           

Sometimes, when we pick our poems up, they come sprinting into our arms and we can’t tell if they are overjoyed to see us or if we are rescuing them from the cruelties of the playground.

October 12, 2016 | Ben Berman

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Lessons from the Workshop: GrubStreet or Bust

After taking a Jumpstart Your Novel course with us last term, Nicole Boudreau was inspired to share what she learned in class, how it changed her perspective as a writer, and why she'll be back at Grub soon. She kindly let us re-post it on GrubWrites. Thanks, Nicole! We're still blushing.This essay was originally posted on Nicole Boudreau's blog, Novel Excuses.

September 20, 2016 | GrubWrites

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