The Novel Incubator is a program for writers interested in a deep revision of their novel draft, a comprehensive study of the novel form, and a thoughtful introduction to the publishing world. A unique and innovative course, the Novel Incubator is also producing books at a rate of knots, with 20% of our graduates find publishing homes for their books and several more are currently represented by top literary agents. We asked Incubator authors what they got out of the program, and how the course helped them on the path to publication.
A Boy Like Me ...
February 1, 2017 | GrubWrites
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
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
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
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.