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How to Know When to Quit Your Novel

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By Katrin Schumann

Last year, I was thinking a lot about this question as it relates to writing: When is it okay to give in and give up?

Why? Because in the months before publishers began showing interest in my novel, The Forgotten Hours, I had seriously been considering changing careers and giving up writing altogether. This was a huge deal for me since I basically can’t do anything else (at least not well, and with enthusiasm).

June 5, 2019 | Katrin Schumann

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The Challenges and Joys of Teaching Poetry

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GrubStreet instructor Ben Berman discusses the challenges and joys of teaching poetry, as he prepares to lead professional development for teachers this summer.



This summer, I am very excited for the opportunity to lead some professional development for teachers through Mass Poetry. However, one of my rituals –whenever I begin preparing to teach anything – is to immediately doubt everything I know

June 5, 2019 | Ben Berman

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YAWP Summer 2019 Playlist Series: Wannabe

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In anticipation of 75-degree-or-higher weather, endless waffle cones of ice cream, and later curfews, we’ve asked teen instructors to describe their upcoming teen class as a pop song. Our first instructor in our YAWP Summer Playlist series is Katie Bayerl, author of A Psalm for Lost Girls.

June 4, 2019 | Katie Bayerl

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June 2019 Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

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The June 2019 edition of "Writing Life Essentials," a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards, with a focus on opportunities that are at least one of the following: local, free to apply, and/or committed to celebrating and supporting writers from historically marginalized communities. We do the research, so you have more time for what matters: the writing. Or, the summer solstice festivities. That matters too.

May 30, 2019 | Hannah Levinson

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We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (Since 2014)

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GrubStreet's Founder and Executive Director, Eve Bridburg, shares an update on Grub’s growth and strategy since 2014.

In the winter of 2015, I spent the holiday break writing a proposal to the Barr Foundation to fund our new strategy

May 28, 2019 | Eve Bridburg

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