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Grub StreetAnnual Report 2009
Dear Grub Street friends,Like many of you, we weren’t necessarily sad to say good-bye to 2009. In addion to the global economic gloom, we saw fellow non-protsshaken—whether hit by the recession or rocked by the Mado scandal. We have to admit we didn’t know what to expect for our ownsmall community organizaon. Would people abandon their wring dreams to focus on shiing priories, or would they turn to words tond meaning in the upheaval? Happily, our belief in the power of wring seemed to prevail. A growing num-ber of students found inspiraon in our workshops and events, and the generous spirit that infuses so muchof Grub Street’s outreach remained visible all year long.A few months into 2010, we’re proud to report that the state of Grub Street is strong. In this case, num-bers tell as good a story as words. We ended the 2009 scal year with a net income of $22,000. Over 1500students came through the doors for our sold-out workshops, and more than 300 teen students parcipatedin our monthly teen wring courses and summer program. Our biannual
story/lm event wasanother sell-out success. Though, like many non-prots around the naon, we did experience a dip in fund-raising revenue, we were the proud recipients of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant throughthe NEA, which helped bridge the gap and enabled us to retain one of our sta members and fund eight of our mul-week wring workshops.Our momentum connues this year. Enrollments in our workshops are holding steady, as are our membership and volunteer rates. Wesold out our celebrated annual conference,
The Muse and the Marketplace
. And, best of all, we hear from writers at every stage of theircareers, thanking us for helping them achieve their goals of nishing their book or geng published for the rst—or eenth—me.As board co-presidents, we believe passionately in Grub Street’s mission. And we take pride in Grub’s many achievements this year. Butnone inspire us as much as stories of how being part of the Grub Street community has transformed people’s lives. From the uncoveredtalent of seniors in our
Memoir Project
, to our newest members, to two
Master Novel
course alums with novels out in bookstores, GrubStreet helps writers nd their voice, nd a wring home, and nd success. These stories, and many more, add up to a thriving, vibrant artscommunity that improves the richness of life in our city.
Gloria Wright
is a senior from Mission Hill whose work was wrien and published for the rst me through our
Memoir Project
. Born in1933, Gloria worked as a nurse, then became an entrepreneur and opened a convenience store at 1070 Tremont Street, which she ran forover twenty-ve years. Gloria’s memories include a fantasc story about meeng Albert Einstein as a girl and asking for his autograph. Inher retelling, Einstein comes alive—sll a quirky genius, but one who had me to share with a lile girl: “He’d have on one boot and onegalosh, as he steadied a black pipe at the le side of his mouth. His coat didn’t have buons but a big safety pin that held it together... Hesat me down on a lile bench and…lectured me about dierent mushrooms that grew under trees, spoke about a lile boy that he tutoredin math, and even shared details about his second wife and the rst one whom he’d divorced. Then eventually he signed my [autograph]book.Gloria’s fascinang story is included in the Memoir Project’s upcoming third anthology,
Somemes They Sang With Us
, and is justone example of the moving and beauful histories that would have been lost if they weren’t recorded by our Project.If you’ve ever taken a class at Grub Street, you’ve probably heard about our ongoing Master Novel course with
Jenna Blum
, which is suchan instuon the students call themselves “The Council.” We’re proud that our master novelists had two publishing success stories thisyear:
Randy Susan Meyers
Iris Gomez
both just published their rst novels,
The Murderer’s Daughters
Try To Remember 
, to greatreviews. In the coming years, we expect more great news out of that class—and the other one hundred workshops we oer each year.Member
Len Abrams
is a xture at Grub Street these days. The sta can count on him coming in most mornings, seng up his laptop in afree classroom and spending the day working on his book. As Len says, “When I le my last job a year ago—more to the point, when it leme—I realized I had always wanted to write a novel and here was the opportunity. I wandered into Grub Street, became a member, andstarted coming in three days a week. Grub provided me with a community of other writers and a comfortable space to work. I am nish-ing up the rst dra of an 80,000 word novel, and also completed three short stories, a respite when I lost tracon with the novel. GrubStreet has exceeded my expectaons.” Len joins a growing group of members who use the Grub Street space to work on their wring, holdtheir book club meengs, and spend me with other writers.And we have one nal story that’s parcularly meaningful to Grub Street’s future. 2009 was also the year that we dedicated ourselves tonding an Execuve Director to take the helm, in partnership with Arsc Director Christopher Castellani. We are thrilled that
Eve Brid-burg
, Grub’s founder, is back to ll this new role. Eve is brimming with vision and energy, and we’re very excited to work closely with herto shape the next chapter of Grub Street. 2010 will be a whirlwind year, packed with changes, new iniaves, and a great, unfolding story.We can’t wait to keep turning the pages.Warm regards,Linda Buon and Allison AdairGrub Street Board of Directors Co-Presidents
Letter from the Board Co-Presidents
Allison and Linda at a recent board meeting.
Since its incepon in 2006, the Memoir Project has visited ten ethnically diverseBoston neighborhoods and oered free mul-week workshops to instruct seniorsin the cra of memoir wring, giving them a praccal and meaningful way toturn their experiences into craed narraves. In 2009, the Memoir Project visitedJamaica Plain, Mission Hill and Hyde Park. The Memoir Project is a collaboraonwith the City of Boston, and Mayor Thomas M. Menino has described it as “vitalwork for our city.”
Grub Street’s YAWP program introduces teens to the power of creavewring. Over 200 teens found inspiraon at our enrely free Saturdaysessions, where they worked on poems, screenplays, sci- tales andmuch more. Advanced students parcipated in our second annual YAWPSummer Fellowship, which pays students a spend for their me spentas working writers in the two-week creave wring and publishingpraccum.The Book Prize recognizes the talent of writers whose primary residence is outside NewEngland. The prize is oered three mes annually to a poet, con writer and non-con writer publishing beyond his or her rst work. The 2009 poetry winner was RickBarot for his collecon,
and the con winner was Alan Cheuse for
To Catch theLightning
(there was no 2009 non-con winner). We are thrilled to have this opportu-nity to reward authors who have made sustained commitments to their work.The Muse and the Marketplace, New England’s leading annual weekendconference for writers, literary agents and publishers, returned to Boston for itseighth successful year on April 25 - 26th at the historic Boston Park Plaza. GrubStreet welcomed over 400 parcipants and renowned author Ann Patche (
Run,Bel Canto
) as keynote speaker. As always, the sold-out weekend was a fun andinspiring way to learn about “wring what you love and selling what you write.”
The Memoir ProjectThe Muse and the MarketplaceYoung Adults Writers ProgramGrub Street Naonal Book Prize
Highlights from 2009
Ann Patchett’s keynote address at the MuseSteve Quintana works on his memoirs with coach Jenn De LeonTeens with instructors Becky Tuch and Regie Gibson at the YAWP Fellowship

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