Top Four Writers' Phobias, and What to Do About Them in 2018

By Katrin Schumann

I write a lot about writers’ insecurities because for 99.9 percent of us, fear lurks behind the brave faces we put on. Depending on where we are in our careers, we may all be afraid of different types of failures, but these deep-seated anxieties rarely go away completely.

Most artists learn to live with fear—and some learn to use it to drive toward better work. I might even dare to say that if you don’t experience doubt or fear, you should be worried. Overconfidence usually doesn’t serve writers well.

January 3, 2018 | Katrin Schumann

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Author Newsletters--Yay or Nay?

By Katrin Schumann

Media marketing experts agree that maintaining a robust newsletter is one of the best ways for an author to build a core audience--a group of people who will be more interested and committed to you and your work than, say, that stranger lurking on twitter or the random people liking your Instagram shots.

December 6, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

People are Discovering People, and it's a Revelation: An Interview with Robert McKee

Robert McKee is not an anthropologist. He’s definitely not a guru. But the legendary writing instructor is eager for his students to fully understand story form. The author of the craft books Story and Dialogue is returning to Boston this September with his famous “STORY” seminar (9/21-9/23)

August 31, 2017 | Sarah Colwill-Brown

Interviews

Meet a Grubbie: Kelly J. Ford

GrubStreet runs on coffee, printer ink, and community. This series features just some of the Grubbies who make our community strong. In this edition, meet Grub instructor Kelly J. Ford. Kelly's debut novel, Cottonmouths, came out June of this year. She is a GrubStreet Novel Incubator graduate and a current contributor/editor for Dead Darlings, a writing-focused website. Her short fiction has appeared in Black Heart Magazine, Fried Chicken and Coffee, and Knee-Jerk Magazine. Catch Kelly in action during her Jumpstart Your Novel class starting August 3rd or her #OurVoices LGBTQ teen writing camp from August 7th to ...

July 18, 2017 | GrubWrites

Meet a Grubbie

Meet a Grubbie: Stephanie K Brownell

GrubStreet runs on coffee, printer ink, and community. This series features just some of the Grubbies who make our community strong. In this edition, meet Grub instructor Stephanie K Brownell. Stephanie has taught at Boston University, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, The Eliot School, and the Urbano Project

June 6, 2017 | GrubWrites

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