Dept. of Congrats: February 2022 Community Successes

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Every month, we celebrate successes of all stripes! This month, Grubbies were published in literary journals across the country, won awards and prizes, secured book deals, and so much more. Our community closed February 2022 out with 37 publications, three awards and prizes, one fellowship, and one book deal! Let us celebrate you: submit your good news to GrubStreet’s Department of Congratulations.  



Anne Leiby's micro essay "Flower Salute" was published in a recent edition of River Teeth’s "Beautiful Things" blog. This is a first for Anne, and she thanks her Grub instructors,  …


Find Yourself and The Story Will Find You

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Author, GrubStreet instructor and teaching fellow Simone Dalton shares her journey moving from self-doubt to self-knowledge. You can learn more about this subject in Simone's upcoming seminar The Self, The Writer and The Story on February 12th.

Simone Dalton

Craft Advice

3 Reasons Why You (Yes YOU), Should Apply for the Emerging Writer Fellowship

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The deadline to apply for GrubStreet’s 2022 Emerging Writer Fellowship is fast approaching on Monday, February 28th, 2022 at 11:59pm (EST). Eson Kim, GrubStreet’s Director of Community & Youth Programs, explains why you (yes YOU) should apply today (yes TODAY). 


All too often, writers get stuck on the same question: “Should I apply for this writing opportunity?” Grab your favorite beverage, find a comfy writing spot, and get ready for a decade of yes! If you’re still tentative, here are three reasons to forge ahead.


1. There’s Always Something to Gain

Receiving a fellowship …

Eson Kim

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

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