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 2021-2022 Novel Incubator are now closed. All applicants can expect to hear from us by April 1st, 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 Saturday, December 12th from 11:00am-12:00pm.

Covid-19 Update

GrubStreet is planning to hold all of its classes using Zoom video conferencing until it becomes safe to meet in person in Boston. We are monitoring the public health situation closely, and while we expect this program will be able to meet in person in Boston eventually, all applicants should be prepared to participate via Zoom for as long as necessary.

Prospective applicants should either be local to the Massachusetts/Boston area, or able to relocate in the event that the class can at some point meet in person. GrubStreet will be following the lead of health experts and the city of Boston, and working alongside other arts organizations in our decision-making regarding in-person classes. In the event that it’s absolutely safe to meet again, the opportunity will be provided to our intensive programs to gather in person. We will of course offer the possibility to participate remotely if a student is unable to attend in person for health reasons, but as with previous years, local community building is an integral aspect of these programs.

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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