Novel Incubator

Get Your Novel Publication-ready!

“It is without a doubt the best thing I’ve done to help my writing career.”
--Robert Fernandes

Ready to get your novel out into the world? If so, GrubStreet’s competitive and affordable MFA-level course is for you. Over 12 months, writers will revise their novels, study the novel form, and gain a thoughtful introduction to the publishing world.

Applications for the 2022-2022 Novel Incubator will open in mid-November, 2021.

To learn more about the Incubator from instructor Michelle Hoover, please sign up for our Novel Incubator Open House and Info Session, which will be held on Wednesday, December 8th from 6:00pm-7:00pm at GrubStreet's new space in Boston's Seaport neighborhood! Please note that the 2022-2023 Novel Incubator will take place in-person in Boston.

The Novel Incubator is divided into three phases:

  • Phase I (May - August): Students receive full critiques of their entire novels in a workshop setting and craft lectures directly applicable to the novel form.
  • Phase II (September - December): Students focus on discrete chapters and study the mechanics of chapter-writing as well as micro-editing.
  • Phase III (January - April): The final phase will follow the same format as the first, except that students receive full critiques of their entire revised novels. Students also submit their revised novels to an outside reader, an established author who will offer comprehensive macro feedback and suggestions for revision.

Prominent local authors, editors and/or agents will visit as guest speakers. At the end of the program, students will have a chance to meet with an agent and/or editor as part of the Manuscript Mart at the Muse and the Marketplace conference; this agent or editor will read an excerpt of the student's novel with an eye toward representation.

To hear from authors who graduated from the program, check out Our Diploma is Your Published Novel: The Books of the Novel Incubator and Novel Writers, Here Are Your Top 5 Reasons to Be an Incubee.


If you have specific questions about the Novel Incubator program, email [email protected] or call the office anytime at 617.695.0075.

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