The Secrets to Writing a Great Book

By Katrin Schumann

People tend to think writing is romantic, and they’re not entirely wrong. It’s romantic in the way that being obsessed with someone who kind of, basically, mostly loves you back can be romantic—it’s a compelling, desperate, all-encompassing, occasionally fabulous experience. It’s romantic like starving in a garret is romantic: you’re hungry (which sucks), but at least you’re doing something that feels meaningful.

January 4, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

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Present at #Muse17!

Call for Submissions: Want to present at #Muse17? GrubStreet is now accepting proposals for Teaching Scholars from all over the country! If you’re a writer, editor, agent, publicist, or other literary professional with a compelling topic to present at our conference, please apply by October 14th

September 6, 2016 | GrubWrites

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There Is No Shortcut to Writing: Tweet Highlights from the #Muse16 Sessions

Our 15th annual Muse and the Marketplace conference featured more than 100 sessions led by acclaimed authors and industry professionals. Get your fix of craft advice and publishing wisdom in our tweet compilation of the very best tidbits from these talks.  


May 19, 2016 | GrubWrites

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Open Up the Ribcage and Twist the Heart a Little: Tweet Highlights from Colum McCann's Keynote Address at #Muse16

Irish novelist Colum McCann joined us on April 30th to deliver the keynote address at the 15th annual Muse and the Marketplace conference. In his speech, the National Book Award winner implored writers to tackle their craft with empathy and to sensitively step into the shoes of others
May 17, 2016 | GrubWrites

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Memories of the Muse & the Marketplace

by Katrin Schumann

I'm going to start with a confession: I hardly wrote any notes while attending the 15th annual Muse & the Marketplace conference this past weekend. I was so immersed in the experience, so enjoying the sessions, the eager crowd of attendees, the brilliant authors, that I allowed myself to absorb it without the pressure of trying to capture it in words. So when I looked over my conference packet to put together this insightful blogpost, I found a whole lot of nothing.

May 4, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

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