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GrubStreet was founded on the core belief that everyone with a desire to write should be taken seriously, taught the craft at a high level, and pushed to produce their best work. At our launch nineteen years ago, few expected a writing center with such open borders could develop publishable work of artistic merit and deep meaning. Our astonishing track record has proven those early skeptics wrong.


In the last few years, seven of our advanced students have secured major book deals; three of our instructors have won coveted fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; another instructor received the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award for her best-selling novel; and our Artistic Director was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.


GrubStreet has had broad and transformative impact on the local writing community, our city, and the national literary conversation. GrubStreet networks and programs foster a rich local writing scene that encourages emerging writers to stay in Boston despite rising costs. Downtown Boston boasts the nation’s first Literary Cultural District thanks to Grubstreet’s partnership with local libraries, universities, nonprofits, and the City of Boston. Another City partnership gave rise to The Memoir Project, which brings the transformative power of creative writing to seniors in every neighborhood. The country’s premier literary conference, The Muse and the Marketplace, educates writers about craft and publishing, provides meaningful networking opportunities, and elevates national dialogue about equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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