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Deadline Extended For Select Advanced Workshops—There is still time to apply for Advanced Workshops in Poetry, Memoir, and Advanced Revision and Submitting Strategies for both Fiction and Nonfiction. Applications close on Monday June 3rd at 11:59 pm EST.

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Special Series

Special Series

Muse and the Marketplace Presenter Spotlight: Margarita Barresi

At this year’s Muse and the Marketplace conference (in-person, May 10-12) Asata Radcliffe (editor) & Margarita Barresi (author) will discuss the importance of the author-editor collaboration–the creative partnership that is the bridge to a published book in the session, It Takes a Village: The Editor-Author Collaboration.

We recently caught up with Margarita to ask her about writing in community and her GrubStreet journey.


GrubStreet: What does the phrase "writing in community" mean to you personally and professionally? Could you share a moment from your career where community support at events like the Muse and the Marketplace made a significant difference?


Margarita Barresi: Sometime in 2011, I attended my first-ever author reading at Brookline Booksmith: Julie Otsuka reading from her book, The Buddha in the Attic. Fellow writer Jenna Blum introduced her. After the presentation, I chatted with Jenna and mentioned that I had writing ambitions. She launched into an enthusiastic sales pitch for GrubStreet’s writing community and sold me on the spot. I immediately joined GrubStreet and started taking novel writing craft classes, beginning with a plotting seminar Jenna taught. By 2015 I was accepted into the Novel Generator program with Lisa Borders, where I began to write A Delicate Marriage in earnest. Last November, I visited Brookline Booksmith, where A Delicate Marriage is for sale, and they asked me to sign copies. It takes a village but writing dreams do come true!


Only 1 week until the Muse and the Marketplace - register here!


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