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Why I Write, Vol. 3: Disabled People Don't Exist to Make Non-Disabled People Feel Better

In this series, "Why I Write," members of the Grub community share what compels them to put words onto paper day after day.

 

As a disabled woman of color scanning the media landscape, I typically find a scarcity of supply when searching for stories that mirror my experience. Often when a disability-related story makes the radar, it approaches the subject from one of two angles, pity or “pedestal,” both of which rely on objectifying the person with a disability rather than using a comprehensive lens

August 30, 2016 | GrubWrites

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Why I Write Vol. 2: A Firm Hold in the Night

In this series, "Why I Write," members of the Grub community share what compels them to put words onto paper day after day.

 

In the seventh grade, I sat at my best friend’s kitchen table, on the verge of telling her something huge. I was going to admit that I was...well, I didn’t know exactly what, but I knew that girls made my heart beat a little faster than I thought they should. Especially her, but that was a confession for another day.

August 19, 2016 | Lauren Smith

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Untying the Knot: Why I Teach

Every summer, eighteen young writers spend an intensive three weeks at Grub HQ in the Young Adult Writers Program Summer Fellowship. A competitive, application-only course, the annual fellowship guides students to generate new work, learn about the craft of writing, and gain knowledge of the writing and publishing world

August 9, 2016 | Jennifer De Leon

The Writing Life

Why I Write Vol. 1: So That If Not Justice or Peace, I Can at Least Find Sleep At Night

In this series, "Why I Write," members of the Grub community share what compels them to put words onto paper day after day.

 

I write because blood flows through my body and propels my functions. It trickles into the veins that run from my heart down to my fingertips. When I drive and my hand grips the wheel it flows backwards away from my knuckles

July 8, 2016 | Lyndon Nicholas

The Writing Life