The Impact of Your Donation to Lit Up
Your donation to Lit Up 2020 will directly fund initiatives to amplify the voices of Black writers and expand the Boston Writers of Color Group
GrubStreet reaffirms our commitment to addressing systemic racism starting from our classrooms and offices, to the broader publishing and writing sphere at large. We know that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) writers continue to face inequitable access to opportunities for artistic creation and publication. This year at Lit Up, we are raising funds to expand current programs and establish new tangible initiatives to tackle inequity in writing and publishing and to promote the work of talented Black writers and writers of color. Your gift will support the following projects:
$85,000 to Expand Capacity and Programs for our Boston Writers of Color Group
In just two years, GrubStreet’s Boston Writers of Color (BWOC) Group has grown organically to support nearly 2,000 members. The group is managed by two staff members who work part-time to facilitate the group. There is a need for increased staffing for capacity building and increased resources (literary events, networking, writing retreats, submission support, and mentorship). In addition to expanding programming, we plan to further bridge the BWOC community to other opportunities at GrubStreet, including increasing opportunities for participation in writing classes and the Muse and the Marketplace Writing Conference.
$100,000 for Expanded Writing Opportunities and Financial Aid, with increased awards for Black writers
GrubStreet currently provides financial aid for writing classes and participation in the Muse and the Marketplace conference, with a priority for writers from communities historically underrepresented in publishing. In addition to raising funds to continue this financial aid and these fellowships, we will increase no-cost opportunities for Black teen and adult writers to take a wide range of classes at GrubStreet, participate in the Muse and the Marketplace Conference, and obtain customized mentorship. (Of the total goal for financial aid, we project $65,000 for continuing aid for underrepresented writers and new awards totaling $35,000 for Black writers of all ages.)
$75,000 for a new Teaching Fellowship for Black Writers/Educators
As a new initiative, we will establish a Teaching Fellowship at GrubStreet for Black writers and instructors. The Teaching Fellowship will offer financial support, professional development, and artistic mentorship. The Fellows will teach classes and work with our instructors and staff to deepen our curriculum. While we hope to launch with two fellows, we’d like to grow the program to a cohort of three over time.