In the May 2018 edition of "Best of Boston," we bring you our top Boston lit events this month, curated from the Boston Literary District's event calendar, an essential source of literary happenings.
This month, Grub's Founder and Executive Director Eve Bridburg challenged her kids to advocate for the organizations they believe in. Inspired by their efforts, she decided to take the challenge herself and asked Grub donors why it's important to give to Grub.
Here at Grub HQ, we're always talking about the books that keep us up at night, the novels we can't put down, the memoirs that call to us over our morning coffees. Every month, we'll share our staff's latest literary obsessions to add to your own never-ending reading list.
Director of Programs and Marketing Alison is reading the entire ouvre of Marilynne Robinson (at this moment, When I Was a Child I Read Books) to calm herself down about the impending election.
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.
By Ethan Gilsdorf
When I write for a public venue such as this, I'm often trying to pass along some writerly trick of the trade. My ideas or advice or tips are for your benefit. My audience is you. Whoever you are.
Not this time.
This time, I'm writing as much for my benefit as yours.
See, I've just come from another harrowing session with my therapist. (Not kidding about the therapist. Every self-respecting writer should have one.)
“Those who take joy in writing are never in want of something to do.”
I just came up with that while sitting at my intern desk at GrubStreet. I think it sounds good to me because it’s true, and that’s what good writing is: translating the truth—as we know it—into words. The above quotation is certainly true to me as I have found immense pleasure and repeatedly escaped aimlessness by keeping writing in my back pocket.
I consider myself a veteran Grub student, having taken classes consistently since 2012. However, I've tended to stick to the multi-week classes, fearing that the one-day workshops would be a waste of time and money. How could I cram so much information in my head in one day?
When I took Ethan Gilsdorf's Freelance Essentials workshop last month, I changed my mind. The workshop was energizing and valuable, giving me new ideas and perspectives
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.
Earlier this year, on the last day of one my writing workshops, I heard an interesting comment.
I was teaching a class on personal essays and op-eds, and on that final day, a student expressed this thought: “I think the essays we all wrote in this class were great, but they were kind of tame.”