This Week at Grub: August 10th - 16th

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GrubStreet has decided to hold all summer 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


Grub News

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 ...

Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading The Writing Life

Tell-All Boston with Maya Shanbhag Lang

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Join the first virtual Tell-All Boston event on May 7th at 7:00pmbrought to you by alumni of GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator and Essay Incubator (and co-sponsored by Porter Square Books). Maya Shanbhag Lang, author of What We Carry: A Memoir will be reading alongside featured readers including Susan McGee BaileyAlicia GooginsShirley Jones-Luke, and Linda K. Wertheimer. For more details and to register, visit the Tell-All Boston website

Mia Narciso

Grub News

How to Write in an Age of Anxiety

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This article was originally published on Dead Darlings 


Michelle Hoover, Novel Incubator instructor and author of Bottomlandshares some of her tips to help get you back to your writing desks during this time and calm the nerves just enough to concentrate for an hour or two or more.

Michelle Hoover

Craft Advice The Writing Life