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Bridge the Distance

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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

June 4, 2014 | Boyah Farah

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Grub Goes Online

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In addition to teaching, I always take classes at Grub each term to keep up with my own writing. So, when Grub offered online classes for the first time in the fall, I decided to take Grace Talusan's Art of the Personal Essay online class. I had taken an in-person class with her a couple years ago (which was fabulous), so I had high hopes for her online class. I was not disappointed

January 15, 2014 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone

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Novel, Inc.: News from the Novel Incubator: Q5: Bring on ‘da Quiet

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I once had a writing teacher who advised us to begin the first draft, not with writing, but sitting.  Specifically, we were to descend to the basement and sit cross-legged on the damp floor.  Preferably we would be wrapped in a sleeping bag.  The basement, as I understood it, because we were meant to draw on our deepest subconscious.  The sleeping bag, to protect our quivering writer egos.

October 10, 2013 | Guest Author

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The Importance of First Lines: Why Revision Should Begin at the Beginning

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Did you know agents might not read beyond your first line? As a hopeful novelist, clutching a newly-completed first draft and wondering where to start with revision, I was aware that the opening pages of a novel were important, but I didn’t realize how crucial first lines could be until I met Sorche Fairbank, agent and Grub Street instructor.

October 8, 2013 | Colwill Brown

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