Crónicas y Cuentos: a Bilingual Writing Workshop from GrubStreet

Take a free creative writing class in Egleston Square Library. Over six weeks, writers of all levels are invited to write with us in English for those who prefer it, español para los que lo prefieren, and Spanglish para todos in between. Expect writing exercises, language games, and paired discussions that will offer students richer ways to use language and storytelling. Students will also read and discuss fiction, essays, and memoir with an emphasis on Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean writers.

This is a free workshop for writers and their families. Snacks and coffee will be provided.

Jump Write In to 2018

DEBORAH SOSIN offers a brand-new workshop to jumpstart your writing year with a blast of freewriting from prompts, combined with simple mindfulness skills and strategies designed to lower your stress and boost your creativity.

The workshop will include: freewriting from prompts, sharing your writing (optional), mini talk about mindfulness for writers, simple mindfulness exercises, group discussion. Location: Newton Highlands, Mass. Details provided upon registration.

Deborah Sosin’s first picture book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place, illustrated by Sara Woolley, was published by Parallax Press in 2015. Her essays have appeared on Salon, Cognoscenti, and in the Boston Globe Magazine, The Writer’s Chronicle, Journal News, Writer’s Digest, Zone 3, and elsewhere. Two essays were selected to appear in the anthologies Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What? and Perspectives on Modern World History: The Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

In 2009, Debbie launched “Write It Like It Is” workshops and groups, designed to help people free up their authentic voice through writing in a nonjudgmental atmosphere. She offers personal coaching to writers and is an instructor at GrubStreet, an independent writing center in Boston. She also offers private executive function coaching and writing tutoring to adolescents and adults.

January Writing Marathon at The Village Works

Writing is easier in good company, whether you’re plugging away at a book, a blog, coding project, business plan, resume, or letter to the editor—or to your elected official!

Join us for a night of not checking facebook. Meet some neighbors and writers while you’re at it! We’ll have The Village Works’s snacks, coffee, and productivity-optimized workspace to help us shine.

Bring a friend and caffeinate with us for your letter-writing campaign or come alone and finish your memoir in our silent reading room. Rekindle Your Craft, a prompt-driven writing night, will be taking place in the same building, so feel free to come and go between the two events.

Tickets are free but limited!

Rekindle Your Craft: A Prompt-Driven Writing Night

Dear writers,

Has the cold weather been getting you down?  Did the holiday season tire you out ? Is your writing stuck underneath the covers unwilling venture out? Let us help you then!

Join us for a productive night of writing using prompts to motivate some creativity. We work from one-word prompts, write for 20 minutes and share our writing with the group if we want to.  The idea is to relax, get any kind of writing done, and to leave with some material you can use in the future. Every genre and every level are welcome. Free but please RSVP on the event link to ensure that we have room for you.

We’re graciously hosted by The Village Works, the best coworking space in town.  During the same night The Village Works will be hosting a writing marathon that begins at 7pm and goes until 10pm. You can move between events as you wish.

Vermont College of Fine Arts Novel Retreat

The Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) Novel Retreat provides private studio space, abundant time, and a supportive atmosphere for established and emerging writers. Whether you seek the solitude and quiet a retreat provides or writing time combined with consultations, craft talks, and more, the VCFA Novel Retreat enables you to craft the type of experience best suited to your individual needs.

Located amid the beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus, retreat participants gain the added benefit of working with our world-renowned faculty. Our 2018 faculty includes CONNIE MAY FOWLER, RICHARD MCCANN, CRYSTAL WILKINSON, LAURIE ALBERTS and special guest literary agent JEFF KLEINMAN, a founding partner at Folio Literary Management in New York City.

Memoir Incubator Open House & Info Session

Interested in taking your memoir to the next level? Join GrubStreet Thursday, February 8th for an informal Q&A session on our Memoir Incubator program. Alumni of the program and instructor ALYSIA ABBOTT will be there to answer any questions you have about the Memoir Incubator program. We’ll give you all the information you need to know about the application process, what the program entails, the schedule, the philosophy behind our approach, and anything else on your mind.

Register now for the open house.

Rekindle Your Craft: A Prompt-Writing Night

Is your writing stuck?

Join us for a productive writing night. We work from simple but fertile prompts and spend most of our time writing. If you are up to it, you can share with the group.

Open to all writers and every genre. We promise you will leave with good material to mine for new and existing projects.

We’re graciously hosted by one of the most spectacular coworking spaces in Boston: The Village Works.


– We serve light refreshments but be warned: There are always fresh-baked brownies.  

–  It’s  free!

– We try to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

– Contact the organizer with any questions via email!

– Don’t be shy about bringing your dinner if you need to eat and work!

Young Writers and Illustrators: Meet & Greet

Meet other local youth (ages 18 & under) who share the same interest in writing and art that you do on Monday, March 19th. This is an opportunity to connect with other young writers and illustrators from Wakefield, Stoneham, Melrose, Reading, Saugus, Lynnfield, North Reading, Wilmington, Winchester, and surrounding towns in a casual and art-focused atmosphere. Bring your curiosity for creativity! Stop in for any length of time starting at 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield’s Teen Room, located on the ground floor of the Civic Center (467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA). This is a FREE event.

Create Illustration Trading Cards, try out our typewriters, learn about zines or just chat and connect with other young people off-line. Feel welcome to bring your own art or writing to share. Enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or some hot cocoa with plenty of whipped cream along with some sweet treats.

This Meet & Greet is sponsored by The Room to Write and located in space being generously provided by the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham and Wakefield. Special thanks to the Kidcasso Art StudioLucius Beebe Memorial Library in WakefieldMass Love Distro and Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham and Wakefield for their enthusiastic support and participation as well as Kidcasso youth artist and Saugus High School Junior, Erin Rosa, for her accompanying illustration.

Parents are welcome to accompany youth who would like to attend. If you have questions, suggestions or would like to let us know you plan to attend, please send a note to Colleen Getty at

For more information about programs for young writers please visit:

GrubStreet Summer 2018 Open House and Showcase

Love to write but don’t have anywhere to get feedback on your work? Want to meet fellow writers and work under the guidance of published authors? GrubStreet is here to help!

Drop by their Open House on Thursday, May 24th for drinks, snacks, and the answers to your questions about all things GrubStreet. New or future grubbies can get to know Grub HQ, hear about upcoming Summer classes, and mingle with fellow students and writers. Grub staff members will be on hand to discuss your writing goals and recommend classes that are right for you, plus we have special class discounts for all attendees.

Not only that, but current Grubbies will read from their work in our Student Showcase! Come with any questions between 5:30 and 6:55pm. Reading starts at 7:00pm.

GrubStreet Short Story Incubator Open House & Info Session

Interested in taking your short fiction to the next level? Join GrubStreet May 29th for an informal Q&A session on our Short Story Incubator program. Instructor RON MACLEAN will be there to answer any questions you have about the Short Story Incubator program. We’ll give you all the information you need to know about the application process, what the program entails, the schedule, the philosophy behind our approach, and anything else on your mind.