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Dear <<First Name>>,

This is it. You’ve finished your manuscript. You share the wonderful news of it being published. You get rave reviews. Book tours have been booked. During a reading, the crowd goes crazy. You hear a faint voice calling your name over and over again until you realize it wasn't your name at all
— it was the alarm clock on your bedside table. 

Don’t let your dreams just be dreams. Allow us to recommend one of our featured multi-weeks below to help you complete (or start) your writing:

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Muse Presenter Applications Due 9/3

We invite all interested writers, authors, literary agents, editors, and publishing experts to apply to present at Muse 2020.

We seek rigorous, dynamic sessions in two areas: "Muse" topics, on the craft of fiction and/or nonfiction, and "Marketplace" topics, on navigating the publishing world. We seek presenters from a rich range of backgrounds, experiences, and literary traditions. Generosity of spirit and love of teaching is a must.

All Muse presenters enjoy tuition-free conference sessions, keynotes, special events, a small honorarium, and more. 

The deadline to apply is 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019.

What's Happening 

Stop by our Fall Open House tomorrow evening to eat, drink, and mingle with fellow students and writers. We’ll answer all of your burning questions and give you a special class discount just for attending.
There’s still time to apply for our fall Master Classes in memoir, personal essay, poetry, fiction, and revision strategies. The application deadline is this Friday, August 23rd. Don’t wait — apply today!

Drop by Grub HQ after work for our free happy hour writing session with instructor Paloma Valenzuela this Friday, August 23rd from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Free drinks and snacks provided.

Wanna work at GrubStreet? We’re seeking a Donor Communications & Events Coordinator to help for 30 hours a week from September 2019 through December 2020. We encourage POC, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and other communities historically underrepresented in arts administration spaces to apply


“Our teen community sees the benefit of keeping our academic skills sharp over the summer.” WITA Fellow Jola Laguda reflects on the idea of the assigned summer reading list and offers a new list of books based on input from current teen writers at GrubStreet.

“But in many ways flexibility isn’t just about how we think – it also requires patience and the willingness to sit with the anxiety of ‘not knowing.’” Instructor Ben Berman discusses how learning to think flexibly can help us be more creative.

Featured Seminar 

Memory & Omission: Transcendental Memoir Writing
Porsha Olayiwola
Saturday, August 24th


Transcendent work leaves a reader with a sense of wonder and mystery, oftentimes by withholding details. Narrators are gifted magical powers, able to control the amount and the kind of information a reader takes in. This includes the power to leave out context and omit information. Participants in this memoir-hybrid writing workshop will spend time looking at memory and a particular memory's relationship to absences. Read more.

Short Classes

See our upcoming short classes below, or browse our 3-hour seminars and 6-hour weekend workshops.

Creating Memorable Characters | Sound and Vision: Ignite Your Story Through Rhythm, Texture, and Style 

Lyricism & Word Choice: Improving Your Prose | Narrative Unbound: Experimental Structures in Essays and Stories | Publishing Your Short Work: Strategies to Maximize Success on Your Submissions | Overcoming Writer's Block

Memory & Omission: Transcendental Memoir Writing | Personal Narrative Essentials: Building Characters | Imagining the Gaps in Memoir: How to Write a Story When the Story Runs Out | More Than Skin-Deep: Writing Essays for Women's & Beauty Publications | Overstory and Understory: Layering Meaning | Placing Personal Essays in Mainstream Publications

Cut to the Chase: Dynamic Novel Beginnings | Novel Essentials: Narrative Perspective | Novel Revision Series: Point of View & Voice (Only 4 spots left!)

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