Support GrubStreet in this Uncertain Time
In this unprecedented time, many of you have asked how you can help. Now, more than ever, GrubStreet needs your support.
As you may know, we lost a key source of income due to the cancellation of our annual Muse and the Marketplace writers conference, which was to take place in April. We’ve also seen a drop-off in income from class tuition, as we’ve had to cancel many in-person classes during our transition and ramp up to video-conferencing classes.
Some students are also facing layoffs and reduced wages so they may not be able to take classes they would have otherwise signed up for.
Many of our instructors are also finding that other income they rely on outside of GrubStreet is less available, so income from the classes they teach with us is more important than ever.
These challenges are a big deal; we won’t lie.
But we know this is a time to come together to expand accessibility and connection, not to cut back.
Because even if we can’t physically be in the same space, we can still write together. Writing in community lets us comfort each other and take care of each other and work through what we’re confronting.
We’re starting a special $200,000 community access fund to support more scholarships and more tuition-free remote and online programs for teens and adults — to meet the growing need and counter our physical isolation. The fund will also cover needed investment in technology and training to effectively transition all of our classes to video-conference. And it will allow us to run more classes with a lower minimum number of students, so that our instructors can keep providing their unparalleled mentorship.
If you are in a position to give back, please consider supporting us with a generous gift.
We also want you to know that despite the challenges, we are absolutely moving forward with our new, expanded center on the waterfront. It may take us a little longer, but we’ll get there.
Until we can be together again, we will keep writing on. And we hope you’ll join us. Thank you for your support and your friendship.
Eve, Ian, Chris, Sonya, Stephanie, Dariel, Sean, Alison, and Eson on behalf of all of us at GrubStreet
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