Join the Essay Incubator Open House 6/27

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Interested in taking your essays to the next level? Join us June 27th for an informal Q&A session on our new Essay Incubator program. Instructor Ethan Gilsdorf will be there to answer any questions you have about the program

Sean Van Deuren

Grub News

Providence: Your New Favorite Lit Scene?

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Rhode Island resident and Grub Instructor Ethan Gilsdorf offers an inside look at New England's best new lit scene: Providence. Drop by our Providence Open House and Info Session on Monday evening, January 14 and enjoy drinks and snacks, hear about upcoming winter/spring classes in Providence, meet Ethan and mingle with fellow students and writers. Grub staff members and instructors will be on hand to discuss your writing goals and recommend classes that are right for you. Plus, we'll offer a discount on classes for all attendees. 

Many cities can claim their share of literary history ...

Ethan Gilsdorf

Grub News The Writing Life

Lit Boston: What’s Happening in May?

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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.



"Grub is Like Hogwarts" and 4 Other Reasons To Give

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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 


Eve Bridburg

The Workshop

Lit Hits: What We're Reading in October

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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.



Why Writing Matters to Lit Up's 10x2 Presenters, Part II

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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.

Hannah McCabe

Books & Reading

This Blog Post Is a Pep Talk

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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.)

Ethan Gilsdorf

The Writing Life

Keeping Writing In Your Back Pocket

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“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.

Grub Intern

Inspiration Intern Desk

Why Take a One-Day Workshop?

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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

Betsy Garrett

Craft Advice Different ways to learn to be a better writer The Writing Life