Student Info

Welcome, Grub writers! This section of the site is meant as a resource for students who have signed up for GrubStreet seminars, weekend classes, and multi-week workshops. We hope that it will help prepare you for your class, and answer any questions you have about the GrubStreet classroom experience.

If you have any questions or concerns about the workshop process, registration, or payments, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable office staff at 617.695.0075 or email programs@grubstreet.org.

Your First Class

Wondering what your first day of class will bring, and what you need to do to prepare? Please visit this section of the site. This page also contains information on the GrubStreet space, and what awaits you on the 5th floor of 162 Boylston!

Workshop Guidelines

Your consistent attendance is vital to a rich workshop, for both you and your fellow writers.  We highly discourage students from missing more than 1 session of a 6-week class, and more than 2 sessions of a 10-week class.  Attending the first session of any class is especially valuable!  Please contact GrubStreet if you suspect you may miss more.

As for the workshops themselves, though you will also receive this information on your first night (or day) of class, please use this page as a reference. It contains information on what to expect from the workshop process, as well as what you'll be responsible for when it comes to critiquing your classmates. If this is your first workshop (or even if you just need a refresher!), we sincerely hope you'll read these guidelines closely. We want every GrubStreet student to greatly benefit from their class, and constructive criticism is the first step in this process.

Course Cost & Scholarships

Though all course costs can be found under our workshops schedule, feel free to peruse this page for information on our financial policies and scholarship offerings.

Cancellations & Withdrawals

Though we hope you'll be able to attend the class you've registered for, we understand that everyone's schedule changes. For information on how to withdraw from a course and what compensation you're eligible for, please click here. This page also contains information on GrubStreet's course cancellation procedures.

Standards of Behavior

At GrubStreet, we have one Golden Rule: take your writing seriously; yourself, not so much. In other words, be open to constructive criticism, be respectful, get serious about your own writing and the writing of others—and try to enjoy yourself while you’re at it. GrubStreet strives to be a rigorous but welcoming community where all writers, both teachers and students, can feel supported to do their best work. In order to facilitate the best possible environment for our community, here are our rules for student behavior:

  • Don’t be disruptive. Disruptive behavior during class, including but not limited to excessive interruption of other students and/or the instructor, name-calling or other personal attacks, shouting, finger-pointing, aggressive behavior, or failure to observe class rules as set out by the instructor will be met with a warning. If the behavior continues, the student may be asked to withdraw from the class.
  • Don’t be mean. Harassment, whether verbal or physical, of your fellow students, instructors, or staff members will not be tolerated. Any form of sexual harassment in particular will result in a student’s immediate dismissal from class.
  • Be helpful, not harmful. All critique is welcome in workshop, but please refrain from directive language (e.g., “You should [fill in the blank]”) or unconstructive criticism (e.g., “I hate this story”). If you don’t have anything constructive to say, don’t say anything at all.
  • Just Say No. Drug use is not permitted on GrubStreet’s premises. Students over the age of twenty-one may partake in wine or beer (no hard alcohol) at the instructor’s discretion. Smoking indoors is strictly prohibited. (Smoke breaks can be taken outside while class is on break.)

Basically, treat everyone and their work the way you want them to treat you and your work (unless you want to be treated badly, in which case, do the opposite).

*GrubStreet reserves the right of instructors to determine when and if any of these policies have been violated, which may lead to dismissal of the related student(s), or a warning in advance of dismissal.

What to Expect

At GrubStreet, we take our student experience seriously. To that end, here is what you can expect, as a Grub student:

  • Your class will begin on time. Unless you have been otherwise notified, your instructor will begin class at the designated time.
  • You’ll get what you signed up for. Your class will match as closely as possible to the description that was given when you signed up for the class.
  • You will be treated with respect. You and your work will be treated with respect from our staff, other students, and instructors. (See our behavioral standards for more on what this means.)

Here’s what we can’t guarantee:

  • Your class will be perfect. We offer high-quality classes in a fun and supportive community, so we feel that your chances of enjoying your class are pretty high. That being said, everyone is different. There may be some students you don’t like. You might not click with a particular instructor. Every exercise and reading may not be to your taste. We ask you to be patient—even feedback or readings you don’t like can help your writing.
  • Your class will never get canceled. Snowstorms happen. Sometimes we don’t have enough students to run a class. You can trust us to never cancel a class unless it is in your best interest as a student, or it can’t be avoided. And you can also trust us to make it up to you.
  • Your book/story/essay will get published. We do our best to set up our students for success. We cannot, however, guarantee you fame and fortune as a writer (if we could, we’d all be a lot richer). 

If you see something, say something. If you feel your expectations are not being met, please let us know as soon as possible, and we will do our best to address the problem. Please keep in mind that any refunds or credits are subject to our withdrawal/cancellation policy

Building Accessibility

Ensuring that our classes are accessible to all students is a top priority. We provide ramp access to our building upon request. Grubstreet's elevator, classrooms, and restroom are wheelchair accessible. To arrange for ramp access or to request any special accommodations, or to voice an ADA-related concern, please contact GrubStreet's Accessibility Coordinator, Jonathan Escoffery, at jonathan@grubstreet.org, or call 617-695-0075 between the hours of 10am and 6pm, Monday-Friday.

What Next?

Is your final day of class approaching, and you're feeling unsure of what comes next in your writing life? This section of the site contains information on what you can expect after your class ends, and what GrubStreet events you have to look forward to!

**No person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, or sex shall be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination of services, programs, and employment provided by GrubStreet.