November 15, 2013 | Susan Williams
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
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
Notes from a Grub Street-inspired writing group
By Joanne Barker, Cloe Axelson, Pat McTiernan, Julia Rubin, Carol Steinberg, Judith Vick
We met in Michelle Seaton’s Six Weeks, Six Essays class and quickly got to know each other in a way that typically takes months or years. Perhaps rapid intimacy is a hallmark of creative nonfiction. The class ended and six of us decided to keep going.
August 29, 2013 | Guest Author
By Nadine Kenney Johnstone
The night before the first class, I panicked.
What had I been thinking when I agreed to teach a workshop just five weeks after giving birth?
During pregnancy, I thought I'd actually be bored (yes, BORED) once Geo arrived. I imagined hours of nursing and cuddling, but I had also heard that babies sleep. A lot. So, I honestly envisioned an lot of thumb twirling happening on my end while Geo napped