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

Novel Incubator 2024-2025

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Class Description

*NOTE: Only accepted students should register for this class after they have been invited to do so by the program director.*

Class Description

The Novel Incubator is a competitive and affordable MFA-level course, spanning 12 months, for ten fiction writers interested in deep revision of their novel drafts, a comprehensive craft-based study of the novel form, and a thoughtful introduction to the publishing world. Specifically designed to support writers on full-length novel projects in a way that doesn’t require previous creative writing degrees or extensive experience. Some writing workshop/feedback experience is preferred, but the main criteria for this program is the novel draft’s quality and potential, and the writer’s commitment to contributing to a supportive and strong writing community willing to learn from and challenge one another in positive ways.

The application period for the 2024-2025 program is now closed. The application period for the next class will open in November or December. Writers from historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Questions? Contact [email protected] at any time.

Special Note: Tuition for this class is $8595. Fellowships/scholarships ranging from 25% to 75% of tuition are available and included as part of the standard application process. Deposits and payment plan timelines are scheduled individually with accepted students through our Finance department at [email protected]

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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.