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So You Want to Be a Writer in 2022? Setting Yourself Up for Success

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Author and GrubStreet instructor Ethan Gilsdorf shares some tips and practical insight into how to set and reach your writing goals in 2022. You can learn more about this subject in Ethan’s two upcoming Online: Zoom seminars, So You Want to be a Writer in 2022? on Friday, January 21st or Saturday, February 19th.

 

 

If you’re anything like me, then this will sound like a familiar scenario: The new year begins. You make a list of resolutions, hopes and dreams: to improve your diet, your fitness, your mindfulness, or to change any …

Ethan Gilsdorf

Craft Advice

TOMORROW: Grubbie Debut: M. Soledad Caballero with Rebecca Morgan Frank

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Join Porter Square Books and Grubstreet TOMORROW, September 30th at 7PM (EST) the latest installment of the Grubbie Debuts series, featuring GrubStreet student M. Soledad Caballero for the launch of her debut collection, I Was a BellSoledad will be joined in conversation by GrubStreet instructor Rebecca Morgan Frank (Oh You Robot Saints)! This event is free and open to all, hosted on Crowdcast. Register here.

 

About I Was a Bell

In this collection, Caballero imagines how memory frames and reshapes the present, how memory illuminates and limits the …

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Grub News

Do Authors Really Need to be a "Brand"?

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When I teach workshops on writing and/or publishing, I often start out by asking writers to work on the "one-liner" for their projects, whether fiction, nonfiction, or collections. I encourage them to try winnowing it down to just one line — and no, that single line can't comprise 200 words.

Usually someone will ask, sometimes a little aggressively, "Why?" The subtext is perfectly reasonable: their book or collection is too complex to be expressed in one line

Katrin Schumann

When Being a Writer Means Playing the Waiting Game

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By Katrin Schumann

You may have heard, these days many writers are waiting. Waiting to hear back from their overwhelmed agents. Waiting to hear from busy publishers. Waiting for Covid to really be OVER so they can do live book events again. Waiting for inspiration becuase they're exhausted by the last year and a half. Waiting because their release dates have been moved (again).

Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading The Writing Life

What to Do After Attending a Writing Conference

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Writers attending conferences - like last week's The Muse & The Marketplace 2021 - tend to react to the experience in one of two ways: despair or elation.

 

Camp #1 is overwhelmed with information. Too much of the advice they absorbed seemed contradictory or overly complicated. They’re not sure they even like agents and editors anymore. And dammit, if all those other attendees are trying to get published, how do they stand a chance? 

Katrin Schumann

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