How Can Journals Do More to Improve Representation?

In late November, members and friends of the GrubStreet Writers of Color Group met with editors from local literary journals and magazines to talk about the publishing process, the concerns facing writers of color when they submit to magazines, and what journals can do to improve representation of writers of color. Group member and GrubStreet instructor Daphne Strassmann gives us the key points of the discussion, including what both writers and editors can do differently when it comes to submissions.


Writers wrestle many demons of insecurity when it comes to submitting work for publication. For some authors, like myself, self-doubt ...

January 22, 2018 | GrubWrites

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Top Four Writers' Phobias, and What to Do About Them in 2018

By Katrin Schumann

I write a lot about writers’ insecurities because for 99.9 percent of us, fear lurks behind the brave faces we put on. Depending on where we are in our careers, we may all be afraid of different types of failures, but these deep-seated anxieties rarely go away completely.

Most artists learn to live with fear—and some learn to use it to drive toward better work. I might even dare to say that if you don’t experience doubt or fear, you should be worried. Overconfidence usually doesn’t serve writers well.

January 3, 2018 | Katrin Schumann

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My Big Debt to GrubStreet? Grub is Compass and Lifesaver

Writer Shawnna Thomas reflects on her year as the very first recipient of GrubStreet's Emerging Writer Fellowship. The Fellowship, instituted in 2017, is aimed at developing new, exciting voices by providing one writer per year tuition-free access to Grub classes and the Muse conference

December 14, 2017 | GrubWrites

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Author Newsletters--Yay or Nay?

By Katrin Schumann

Media marketing experts agree that maintaining a robust newsletter is one of the best ways for an author to build a core audience--a group of people who will be more interested and committed to you and your work than, say, that stranger lurking on twitter or the random people liking your Instagram shots.

December 6, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

“The Fellowship Transformed the Way I Saw Myself”: How Teen Writers Are Creating Community at Grub

For three weeks every summer, Grub's Teen Fellowship immerses high school students in the writer's life of creative craft and publishing, working with published authors and receiving a stipend for their commitment to the program and their work as artists. 2017 Fellow Justin Celebi reflects on the community he found in the program, and how the friends he made transformed the way he felt about himself as a writer.   

November 16, 2017 | Justin Celebi

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