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Write-A-Thon Challenge

I hope you will join me in this year's Write-A-Thon Challenge. I can’t wait to read what you put together and to encourage and inspire one another.

- NmaHassan Muhammad, Write-A-Thon participant and GrubStreet scholarship recipient.

Welcome to GrubStreet’s FREE Write-A-Thon Challenge!

Learn more about this writing and fundraising challenge from our featured Write-A-Thon participants Destiny Lopez, Quentin Lucas, and Ethan Gilsdorf below!

Over the course of six weeks, from May 14 - June 21, we invite you to dedicate 50 hours to your writing practice.

  • To participate in the FREE Write-A-Thon challenge, you can simply click the button below, confirming you will dedicate time to your writerly dreams! You will also have the option to set goals and share more about what you’ll work on throughout the Write-A-Thon. Note, if you have any issue accessing this form or questions about the Write-A-Thon, please contact Julian Iralu at [email protected].
  • You can join the challenge and enjoy dedicated access to our beautiful writing space at GrubStreet’s Center for Creative Writing in Boston, or you can write with us remotely from anywhere across the globe.


Join the Free Write-A-Thon Challenge


We’ve set an ambitious “community writing goal” of 4,000 hours – and can’t wait to see what our community accomplishes together. Participants are invited to celebrate at a culminating Write-A-Thon Bash on June 21st at GrubStreet’s Center for Creative Writing.


Make a Gift to our Scholarship Fund


And your participation in the Write-A-Thon helps the GrubStreet team to raise awareness for the GrubStreet scholarship fund. You can support our efforts by helping us reach our writing hours goals and spreading the word, by donating to our scholarship fund, or both. With your support, throughout the Write-A-Thon we will aim to raise $20,000 towards providing more scholarships that put craft instruction within easy reach of every interested teen and adult writer. Please help us spread the word to reach our goal.

How the Write-A-Thon supports scholarships at GrubStreet

GrubStreet believes our collective voices have the power to shape a more just and connected world by revealing truths, transforming lives, and deepening human understanding. At GrubStreet, we provide a range of different types of scholarships, fellowships, stipends, and discounts to increase access and equity.

As our delightful community continues to grow, so does the need for scholarship support. Please consider cheering on your fellow Write-A-Thon participants by making a gift to our scholarship fund. Your gift will embolden others to pursue their writing journeys in the corridors and classrooms of GrubStreet, across countries and continents where students join virtually, in Grubbie Debuts or on our stage.


Scholarship Highlight

GrubStreet is committed to providing accessible programs that reduce barriers to entry for anyone interested in the craft of writing and storytelling. For example, in 2023 over 100 students participated in our new Mentorship Program. This tuition-free program focuses on community members with financial needs and from historically under-represented groups and provides the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a GrubStreet instructor to discuss craft and the writing life. Students have called this program "invaluable," "unique and wonderful," "accessible," "incredibly helpful," and "life-changing."


Programming like this is made possible by generous giving from Grubbies like you. Please continue your commitment to GrubStreet and make a donation to GrubStreet’s scholarship fund today! And please help us spread the word! Tell friends, family, and others in your network about the wonderful opportunities GrubStreet provides.


Make a Gift to our Scholarship Fund



Promotional Kit

Want to help spread the word? Click here to access our promotional kit and start sharing with your network.

For any questions related to the Write-A-Thon, please email Julian Iralu at [email protected].