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  • Event
  • In-Person: Seaport
  • Adult (18+)

Summer 2024 Open House and Showcase

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  • $0.00 Non-Member
  • $0.00 Member

Event Description

Join us for our Summer 2024 Open House and Showcase in the Seaport on Wednesday, May 1st from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Come learn about GrubStreet's Summer 2024 programming, visit our Center for Creative Writing, and stay for our student and instructor showcase!

GrubStreet staffers will talk with you over drinks and snacks about our upcoming classes and events, including our 2024 Muse and the Marketplace Conference. We'll give you all the details on the perks of a GrubStreet membership; or talk with you about the events, literary funding, and community support found by joining the Boston Writers of Color network. We'd love to chat about your creative writing goals, and how a GrubStreet class can help you reach them. The Open House and Showcase will be held in our stage space, overlooking the water, with tours of our classes and community writing space. Our friends at Porter Square Books: Boston Edition will stay open late for this event so you can browse through shelves of books, and maybe even leave with something new to read.

At 6:30 pm, we'll gather for a showcase of writing from our talented community of students and instructors, featuring Tejumola Adegoke, Catrina Wang, Juliet Kahn, alongside our featured GrubStreet instructor, Ethan Gilsdorf:

Ethan Gilsdorf is a memoirist, essayist, critic, journalist, poet, teacher, performer, and the author of the award-winning memoir Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks. Hundreds of his personal essays, articles, reviews, cultural commentaries, profiles, opinion pieces, short stories, and poems have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Esquire, Boston Globe, Wired, Salon, O the Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, Brevity, Electric Literature, Poetry, Poets & Writers, The Southern Review, North American Review, The Massachusetts Review, among other publications. Twice his work has been named "Notable" by The Best American Essays. He teaches creative writing at GrubStreet in Boston, where he leads the 10-month long intensive Essay Incubator program; he also leads writing workshops for non-profit social justice organizations. He presented the TEDx talk "Why Dungeons & Dragons is Good for You (In Real Life).” He studied filmmaking and creative writing at Hampshire College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. A former editor for Frank magazine and New Delta Review, Gilsdorf is the winner of the Hobblestock Peace Poetry Competition and the Esme Bradberry Contemporary Poets Prize. He has taught at LSU, Emerson College, and for LitArts RI. A regular presenter, performer, and event moderator, he’s been featured on NPR, The Discovery Channel, PBS, CBC, BBC; and in the documentary Revenge of the Geeks. More info: ethangilsdorf.com.

Come meet the staff, connect with other local writers, and join the fun! All attendees will receive a code for 15% off any Summer 2024 classes. We hope to see you there.


This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.

Covid-19 Update:

GrubStreet's space will be mask-optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in person.

Space Accessibility:

Our space is ADA accessible with automatic door openers, ADA-compliant restrooms, desk and table spacing, braille signage, and elevator. Our classrooms can be equipped with ALS for hard of hearing individuals. We cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. For more accessibility requests, please contact our Operations team at [email protected] or (617) 695-0075.