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  • Seminar
  • Boston Book Festival
  • Adult (18+)

Boston Book Festival's Writer Idol

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Class Description

At this year's Boston Book Festival, Our Artistic Director Christopher Castellani will perform the first page of YOUR unpublished manuscript for the audience and a panel of three literary agent judges: Ann Collette, Sorche Fairbank, and Amaryah Orenstein! When one agent hears a line that would prompt her to stop reading, she will raise her hand. Christopher will keep reading until a second agent raises her hand. The agents will then discuss why the lines gave them pause and offer suggestions to the author. All excerpts are read and evaluated anonymously. Bring THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript double-spaced, titled, with its genre (fiction or nonfiction) marked clearly at the top. Given the volume of submissions, we can’t guarantee that yours will be read aloud.

Plus, don't forget to drop by the GrubStreet booth at the Copley Square Street Fair throughout the day (10am-5pm) to meet instructors and staff, chat about upcoming classes and open workshops, score some free merch, or just to say hi!

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.