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Craft on Draft is a reading series created and managed by alumni of GrubStreet's Novel Incubator program and devoted to great fiction—and the mechanics behind it. Three authors read and discuss their work, plus that of one lucky audience member. So grab a drink, a page of your own writing, and come craft your own draft.

Events

Next Craft on Draft

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 
Doors 6:30pm / Reading 7pm
Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

WRITING YOUR NOVEL’S BIGGEST MOMENTS

Going big can be a challenge. Write too loud and your big moments become melodrama, not loud enough and they can lose their punch. Come hear how authors Rachel Barenbaum (A Bend in the Stars), Mark Guerin (You Can See More from up Here), and Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne (Holding on to Nothing) found the right volume for their novels’ biggest moments.

Want in on the action? Submit one page from your own big, loud moment (max 250 words). Include a brief explanation of the problem it solved navigating the middle of your novel. One lucky winner will have their entry read and discussed by the authors, receive a GrubStreet pint glass + drink, and have their piece and an interview published on the Dead Darlings blog. Email submissions to info@craftondraft.org by October 24.

 

 

Featured Authors

Rachel Barenbaum is the author of A Bend in the Stars, which has been named a New York Times Summer Reading Selection and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. It is also a Boston Globe Bestseller. Rachel’s second novel, The History of Time Travel, is forthcoming from Grand Central (2021).

Rachel is a prolific writer and reviewer for the LA Review of Books and Dead Darlings. She is a graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator. In a former life she was a hedge fund manager and a spin instructor. She has degrees from Harvard in Business, and Literature and Philosophy. She lives in Hanover, NH with her husband, three children, and dog named Zishe—after the folk hero who inspires many tales around their dinner table. Rachel is represented by Eve Attermann at WME.

 

Mark Guerin is the author of You Can See More from up Here. He is a 2014 graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program. He also has an MFA from Brandeis University and is a winner of an Illinois Arts Council Grant and the Mimi Steinberg Award for Playwriting. A contributor to the novelist’s blog, Dead Darlings, he is also a playwright, copywriter and journalist. He lives in Harpswell, Maine with his wife, Carol, and two Brittany Spaniels. You Can See More From Up Here is his first published novel.

 

Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne is the author of Holding on to Nothing. She grew up reading, writing, and shooting in East Tennessee. After graduating from Amherst College, she worked at The Atlantic Monthly. Her nonfiction work has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Boston Globe, and Globalpost, among others, and her short fiction has appeared in The Broad River Review and Barren Magazine. Her essay on how killing a deer made her a feminist was published in Click! When We Knew We Were Feminists, edited by Courtney E. Martin and J. Courtney Sullivan. She is a graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator. She lives outside Boston with her husband and four children.

 

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