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Queery-ing: Navigating Agents and Publishers While Queer

3-hour class via Zoom What does a “very nice deal” mean in a publishing contract announcement? What’s a pre-empt? How does the trajectory from query to book deal normally work? Navigating the publishing industry is confusing at the best of times, but when you’re also a marginalized writer, it can feel overwhelming. In this 3-hour […]

Writing Outside of Your Lane

3-hour class via Zoom Over the past several years, the publishing world (and its readers) have thankfully demanded more diversity within stories. But as welcoming as this change is, it can leave many non-marginalized writers with anxiety. How are you supposed to go about it? What if you mess up? Are you allowed to write […]

Sessions with the Editor: Foglifter Journal

3-hour class via Zoom Get closer to the literary journals you admire with this specialized series of seminars. The Sessions with the Editor series offers insight into the featured journal’s aesthetics, archives, how to submit, and the editorial process– straight from the editors! In this informative 3-hour session, featured editors will talk about their journal and share […]

The Age of AI: ChatGPT, Prosecraft, and Other Writer Concerns

3-hour class via Zoom ChatGPT can produce entire stories with just a few prompts. Prosecraft scraped the text of over 25,000 published books for “the linguistic analysis of literature” without consent. Some literary magazines have been flooded with AI-generated stories to the point that they’ve had to shut down. People are selling AI-generated stories on […]

How to Start a Newsletter

3-hour class via Zoom With social media on fire, many writers are seeing newsletters as the wave of the future. Newsletters not only break away from the bombardment of information on social media (resulting in greater focus and dedication from your followers), but they also provide more control and the potential for monetization without ad […]

Writing Messy Queer Characters

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

1-hour session, in-person Disney villains, disaster lesbians, and hot trans messes, oh my! In this session, we’ll look at “good” messy queers, “bad” messy queers, stereotypes, redemption, interiority, and mainstream media representations, all to help writers better visualize how to portray a messy queer character who’s complex and authentic. Free! More info here:

A Trans History of the Weimar Republic

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

1-hour session, in-person During the Weimar Republic (1919 to 1933), Berlin was considered the queerest city in the entire world, as well as a trailblazer of transgender healthcare and culture. Join Milo Todd as he discusses the era’s vibrant trans community and its endless series of documented firsts, including terminology, surgeries, rights, memoirs, and music. […]

Effective Social Justice Storytelling

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

1-hour session, in-person Social justice themes in fiction feel needed now more than ever. Throughout history, the written word has been effective in changing minds and soothing hearts. But as much as you want to tackle these issues, you might feel lost or overwhelmed with possibility. In this session, we’ll look at some steps to […]

Finding a Literary Agent

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

1-hour session, in-person Finding a literary agent for your novel is confusing even at the best of times, but when you’re also a marginalized writer, it can feel overwhelming. How do you find agents that are a good fit for you? How do you query them? What questions should you ask when you get “the […]

*FREE* Novel Immersive for LGBTQ+ Writers Open House & Info Session

1-hour session via Zoom Thinking of applying to the Novel Immersive for LGBTQ+ Writers? GrubStreet will host an online Q&A session with instructor Milo Todd on Thursday, February 22nd, from 6:00-7:00p.m. Milo will answer any questions you have about the Novel Immersive, including the workload, the application process, what the program does and doesn’t entail, the schedule, the philosophy behind our approach, and anything else […]

Queer Writing Essentials

3-hour class via Zoom Writing authentic marginalized work can come with some unique problems, especially if/when we engage with the mainstream publishing industry or its readers. This 3-hour class was designed to help queer writers navigate some of the less-discussed aspects of marginalized writing, including how to introduce your characters as queer, creating effective social […]

*FREE* Transcestors Series: Pirates of the 1600s Atlantic

1-hour class via Zoom How do modern-day portrayals of queer and trans pirates stack up to the real thing? Were there any pirates who we’d today define as trans? How did pirates view queer sexual orientations and gender presentations? What about other so-called political topics, such as slavery and disability? Take a look at queerness […]