Who Should Apply
The ideal student for this program is a mature writer in possession of a solid draft of a novel. While they have paid careful attention to the structure, character development, theme(s) and style of this novel, they are prepared to receive substantial critical feedback on it and knows it is in need of deep revision. This ideal student has also been an active participant in at least one workshop or writing group at GrubStreet or elsewhere and is generally familiar with literary terms used in the workshop process.
GrubStreet aims to create an ecosystem of students writing literary, commercial and “crossover” fiction, though we are less concerned with these distinctions than we are with the student’s willingness to revise their novel on its own terms. The supportive but rigorous environment is one of honesty, collaboration, generosity, seriousness and dedication. The student whose primary goal is academic credit, credentials or "guaranteed publication" is not a good fit for this program.
GrubStreet has designed the Novel Incubator as an MFA-level experience, and so students who are accepted into the Incubator will be writing at a level that would gain them entry into a traditional MFA program or a GrubStreet master-level fiction workshop. We see the Novel Incubator as complementary to an MFA in fiction or a master-track program, not in competition with it. We expect the cohort to consist of students who are pre-MFA, post-MFA or who are not considering an advanced degree.
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 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.