So there’s this writing center in Boston called Grub Street that offers university-level writing instruction. A lot of great writers have come through there, and I hear the courses are really fantastic.
Of course, you get what you pay for, so they ain’t cheap. Which is why I applied for one of the four available ‘Run for Grub’ scholarships. I wrote my letter and sent it in and then got on with my life.
I checked their website yesterday to see if they’d announced the winners. I hadn’t heard anything, so I figured I didn’t win. And then today I get an email that starts off like this:
Dear Adam, Great news! You are one of four writers who have been selected for a 2011 Run for Grub Scholarship. We were wowed by your enthusiasm for Grub Street, your dedication to your craft, and most of all, your writing. Congratulations!
…the crisp prose of your letter (specifically the image of yourself as a “Dickensian urchin drooling at the bakery window”) stuck with me long after I finished reading, which means I’m looking forward to the day I get to read your smart(er) page-turner.
I suppose I don’t need to say that I’m really excited, but I will: I’m really excited. So on Tuesday evenings January-March don’t come looking for me. I’ll be in class.
Boiled down from the Grub Street website: Grub Street is a non-profit creative writing center dedicated to nurturing writers and connecting readers with the wealth of writing talent in the Boston area. They accomplish this by providing university-level instruction via multi-week courses, seminars and conferences; elevating the literary profile of the city of Boston to increase its relevance among major publishing houses and prominent authors in all genres; and maintaining a vibrant, inspiring and accessible space where writers can find professional resources and connect with each other in a spirit of mutual support.
Grub Street builds on Boston’s proud literary tradition by making the city more welcoming for writers, and more inspiring and culturally alive for all of us.