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This Week at Grub: September 28th - October 4th

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GrubStreet has decided to hold all fall 2020 in-person classes remotely via Zoom video conferencing. To see the full list of all our steps in response to Covid-19, including updates about our space and events click here

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Take an Advanced Workshop this Fall

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Ready to take your writing to the next level? Don't wait! The application deadline for our advanced fall workshops is coming up soon on Monday, August 31st. These advanced workshops are limited to 9 students to foster a closer and more rigorous learning experience.

It's also important to note that we've chosen to move away from former "Master Class" terminology and are now referring to our submission-based classes as "Advanced Workshops." The classes themselves haven't changed – you'll get the same intensive workshopping and small community of advanced writers in your genre – but they ...

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Reading Novels While Writing Novels: Yes or No?

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I'm amazed by writers who stop reading in their genre while writing their own books. The majority of them seem to be worried about becoming overly influenced by the voice, themes and even plot of the book they're reading.

Personally, I can't imagine not reading fiction for the many years it takes me to complete a novel. And in terms of being influenced: I'm actively looking for inspiration and ideas. I want to be influenced.

Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading Craft Advice New Writing The Workshop The Writing Life

Launching a Book During an Epidemic

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By Katrin Schumann

For those of you reading this who haven't yet published your first book, I'm sure you've dreamed about your book launch. You'll have thought about whether to go big or small, have it at a bookstore, in an event space, bar or library, and who you hope might turn up (maybe even local media!). 

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about launches - both the launch event itself and the "book tour" that happens afterwards. They're a bit like the three martini lunch which used to be common practice and underwritten by your ...

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Books & Reading The Writing Life

What Writers Do in Times of Crisis

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By Katrin Schumann

I sat down to write this post and have now written four openings and ditched them all.

What do writers need to hear in times like this? How can I be helpful to others when that which binds us--our obsessive love of words, books, writing--is overshadowed so universally by our fear of the unknown? 

Do I tell you how to make lemons out of lemondade?* Do I reveal that I'm writing page after page despite the uncertainty and boredom

Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading Craft Advice New Writing The Workshop The Writing Life