Some call them writing workshops — I call them therapy sessions.
As a new instructor at GrubStreet, I thought I knew what to expect when I walked into my first "Jumpstart Your Writing" class this past January. We would discuss the setbacks students experience when it comes to writing, which would encompass everything from the misconceptions surrounding syntax to why they couldn't get their novel off the ground
April 7, 2016 | Candace McDuffie
Michelle Hoover, Instructor for Grub's Novel Incubator program, is a verified expert in the field of writerly etiquette. Here, she offers her best advice on workshop citizenship and shows us exactly how she keeps the Incubator classroom a supportive space for writers.
It seems like a recipe for torture
February 9, 2016 | Michelle Hoover
Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs—and tips to share—along the path to becoming a freelance writer.
Earlier this year, on the last day of one my writing workshops, I heard an interesting comment.
I was teaching a class on personal essays and op-eds, and on that final day, a student expressed this thought: “I think the essays we all wrote in this class were great, but they were kind of tame.”
August 19, 2014 | Ethan Gilsdorf
June 17, 2014 | Grub Intern
By Boyah J. Farah
(This is the second post by Somali-American writer Boyah Farah. You can find his first piece here: "Fear, Giddiness and Surrealism: My Long Journey to GrubStreet.")
I am afraid of death and time. Death ceases memory. Time fades away the memories of war. The war in Somalia began when I turned thirteen years old. Then I saw the killings