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Novel Incubator

Get Your Novel Publication-Ready!

It is without a doubt the best thing I’ve done to help my writing career.

- Robert Fernandes

Ready to get your novel out into the world? If so, GrubStreet’s competitive and affordable MFA-level course is for you. Over 12 months, writers will revise their novels, study the novel form, and gain a thoughtful introduction to the publishing world.

Applications for the 2024-2025 Novel Incubator are now closed. All applicants can expect to hear from us by late March/Early April 2024.

Please note that the upcoming round of the Novel Incubator will take place on Wednesdays in-person at GrubStreet's Center for Creative Writing in the Seaport, Boston. Occasionally, classes may be held on Zoom if it becomes unsafe to hold in-person meetings due to COVID-19. You can see GrubStreet's latest in-person meeting status here.

The Novel Incubator is divided into three phases:

Phase I Phase II Phase III

May – August, 2024

Students receive full critiques of their entire novels in a workshop setting and craft lectures directly applicable to the novel form.

September – December, 2024

Students focus on discrete chapters and study the mechanics of chapter-writing as well as micro-editing.

January – April, 2025

The final phase will follow the same format as the first, except that students receive full critiques of their entire revised novels. Students also submit their revised novels to an outside reader, an established author who will offer comprehensive macro feedback and suggestions for revision.

Prominent local authors, editors and/or agents will visit as guest speakers. At the end of the program, students will have a chance to meet with an agent and/or editor as part of the Manuscript Mart at the Muse and the Marketplace conference; this agent or editor will read an excerpt of the student's novel with an eye toward representation.


If you have specific questions about the Novel Incubator program, email [email protected] or call the office anytime at 617.695.0075.