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5 Things Your Personal Essay Needs To Have

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Editor's Note: Put Gilsdorf's advice into practice in his upcoming class, "Writing Great Scenes for Your Personal Essays"!

 

Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs—and tips to share—along the path to becoming a freelance writer.

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Five tips to get that op-ed out of your head and into the headlines

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By Ethan Gilsdorf

[Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]

Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has an ax to grind.

At least that’s my experience. It’s natural to want to express your point of view about something—the plight of the Red Sox, the disaster that is health care, the evils of social media—and get up on that soapbox to tell the world.

Ethan Gilsdorf

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On Publishing, Regret and that "Oh Shit" Moment

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by Ethan Gilsdorf

[Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]

We’re supposed to feel excitement about getting published. And I do. But sometimes, for me, that "Yahoo!" feeling of joy is quickly superseded by another, more painful feeling: remorse.

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Schmoozing: The Writing Biz's Dirty Secret

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by Ethan Gilsdorf

[Another entry in the new monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]

I am, at my core, an introvert. Socializing is not in my DNA. I never been particularly good at talking to strangers. This whole cocktail party persona is something I've had to work on.

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What We're Doing When We Should Be Writing

Welcome back to an AWP-recovery edition of What We're Doing When We Should Be Writing. Whether you attended the madness that was AWP or are simply struck by a case of the Weary Wednesdays, Grub Street's got the remedy for your literary blues. Check out (literally) Mark Twain's buff bod, read up on a mobile library for Pakistani children, peruse writing tips from Fitzgerald, and much more. After reading up on this procrastination fodder, you have no excuse to not write, so crack those knuckles get to work

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You're unbelievable. You're one-dimensional. You're boring.

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by Ethan Gilsdorf

In a previous post, I railed against the "me" in memoir -- namely, the idea that your memoir might be too much about you and you might need to jazz up your story with another plot line, or contrast your own life story against some other element that you insert or interweave into your narrative, in order to make it seem, well, not so self-indulgent.

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Master Narrative Personal Essay

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If you're thinking about applying to Ethan Gilsdorf's Master Narrative Personal Essay, don't wait. The deadline to apply is today at 11:59pm!

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Sneak Preview: Why Writing Matters to Lit Up's 10x2 Presenters

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One of the most anticipated events at our annual Lit Up Gala (Thursday, November 3rd) is our signature 10x2 program, where ten Grubbies take the stage for two minutes each to read from their best work. This year, we spoke to each of our readers to find out why writing matters and to talk about what GrubStreet means to them.

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Rhode Islanders: Jumpstart Your Writing in Providence!

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Grub is coming to Providence with Jumpstart Your Writing, taught by Ethan Gilsdorf. Join us for a supportive and generative experience for both new and practicing writers!

This class will take place at Ada Books, 717 Westminster Street, Providence RI 02903. 

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Five Reasons Why the Book Tour Is Not Dead

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by Ethan Gilsdorf

Is the book tour dead?

It's true that the lavish, publisher-funded, four-star hotel tour with handler, driver and copious bowls of M&Ms (green ones carefully plucked) is over. If that even existed.

Today, with publishers facing woefully depleted publicity staffs and budgets, and the culture's current focus on ebooks, the Internet and social media, one wonders if the old-fashioned reading tour is even worthwhile.

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