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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

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

Books & Reading Craft Advice Grub News The Writing Life

Take an Advanced Workshop this Spring

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Ready to take your writing to the next level? Our advanced workshops are limited to 9 students to foster a closer and more rigorous learning experience. Check out our spring advanced workshops and apply before the deadline on Monday, January 4th:

 

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Can an Editor "Fix" Really Bad Writing?

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By Katrin Schumann

Editors often see projects at radially different stages of development. Truthfully, we sometimes see writing that is really, well, bad.

But does this mean it’s hopeless? When do you know if something is too "bad" to be worth fixing?

Of course, "bad" is a highly subjective term. Writing might seem "bad" to one reader, while another reader loves it

Katrin Schumann

Craft Advice New Writing The Writing Life

Spring 2021 Multi-Week Classes are Here

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We're excited to reveal our spring 2021 multi-week classes below.

As GrubStreet continues to practice social distancing, all spring 2021 “in-person” classes will be held remotely via video conferencing. We remain so thankful to everyone in our community for showing up online to support each other and your own writing practice.

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