Lit Up Gala


Don’t miss Boston’s annual bookish party. We can’t wait to see you at this year’s Lit Up! Your participation in GrubStreet’s literary showcase and fundraiser increases access to arts education for teens and adults in our community.



Last year, community members like you helped raise more than $165,000 to increase staffing and programs for GrubStreet’s Boston Writers of Color Group (now with over 2,000 members!) and helped us launch new teaching fellowships for Black writers/educators. And you helped us expand scholarships and fellowships for teens and adults in all of our programs. The evening featured inspired performances by writers in our community and a behind-the-scenes tour with Grubby Award Winner and novelist Celeste Ng.  Check out the video highlights from 2020 Lit Up!

We hope you can join us online this year to get a taste of GrubStreet’s forthcoming home on the Boston waterfront and celebrate the diverse community of writers who will read and write together there. Your participation in and giving to 2021 Lit Up will help:

  • expand financial aid for writing classes and the Muse and the Marketplace Writing Conference for teen and adult writers. 
  • amplify the voices of Black writers and writers of color through increased programming for GrubStreet’s  Boston Writers of Color Group.
  • continue the teaching fellowships for Black writer-educators.

Thank you for your commitment and generosity to this community of writers. Check back in August to get your tickets!

Are you interested in hosting or sponsoring Lit Up?

Contact [email protected] for more information about hosting and [email protected] for more information about sponsoring.


Thank you to last year's host committee and sponsors!