Essay Writing Boston


With hundreds of sessions to choose from every year, Grub workshops cater to a wide range of writing genres and are open to anyone eighteen or older. Courses are offered at a variety of levels and formats, including three-hour seminars, six-hour weekend workshops, or multi-week courses. Whether you’re a writing newbie or a workshop veteran, you’ll find something here to help you meet your writing goals.


If you’re an advanced writer looking for something more immersive, one of our intensive programs might be for you. With programs ranging from six months to a year in the novel, memoir, and short fiction, these courses offer an intense exploration of craft as you develop or revise your manuscript, and an introduction to the publishing world.

Online Courses

Wherever you happen to be in the world, our online courses bring the Grub classroom experience to you. Workshops are tailored to the needs of the online student: flexibility in scheduling, ease of interaction with fellow students and instructors, and meaningful and timely feedback on manuscripts (plus, you can show up for class in your pajamas). Multi-week classes are available in the essay, novel writing, fiction, the memoir, screenwriting, and more.

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP)

If you're a high school student who likes to write, we've got all sorts of programs for you. YAWP students are aged 13-18 and come from high schools all over the greater Boston area. Grub has three types of programs for teens: Free Saturday Sessions once a month during the school year, week-long Teen Writing Camps, and an annual three-week Summer Fellowship Program. (Bonus: The Boston Globe recognizes YAWP as the go-to spot for teens who like to write. We think so too!)


Like personal trainers for your writing life, our manuscript consultants work one-on-one with writers to help them finish drafts, set writing goals, or revise their work. Whether you want to polish your manuscript before an agent sees it, get one-on-one feedback on a story, or seek advice on furthering your writing career, our consultants cover all genres, including the short story, creative nonfiction, memoir, and the novel, and offer rigorous, energizing feedback, to help take your manuscript to the next level.

Other Programs

Since our inception in 1997, GrubStreet has developed many successful programs to support local writers, the wider Boston communities, and nationally recognized authors. Click here to learn more about the Memoir Project, The GrubStreet National Book Prize, Publish it Forward, and Grub’s other programs.

Writing Your Essay

High school seniors applying for admission to the Kilachand Honors College often ask what we’re looking for in our potential students and what they should include in their essays.

First, read the information on this website. Look at how the Kilachand Honors College fits with your program of choice. Read more about the co-curricular events and the purpose they serve. Peruse our course offerings and look at the four-year curriculum of the program. The Kilachand Honors College isn’t for everyone, but if it is a good fit for you, you’ll know after reading this information.

Second, think about what your personal goals and interests. Kilachand Honors College students stand out for their accomplishments, motivation, and excitement about the opportunities around them.

The relaxed atmosphere and intimacy of a six-student class allows for flexibility in the curriculum, and it also provides an open forum for discussions of observations and ideas. I like how I’ve used what I’ve learned in this class in my others, in terms of addressing all sides of arguments and being comfortable during open discussions.
Marissa Petersile (CAS’15), Undeclared

If you’re like many of the Kilachand Honors Students, you probably still want more information. Here is Professor Charles Dellheim, Director of the Kilachand Honors College, explaining how Kilachand Honors College students stand out from students in a traditional honors program:

“What are we looking for? We’re looking for people who are intellectually curious, motivated; they may have an intense interest in the subjects. A lot of our students are doing a number of different things. I’ll tell you what we don’t want—If you are an English major, or a chemist, or a violinist, and all you really want to do is English or chemistry or violin; if you don’t want to learn about other disciplines and other ways of looking at the world, you would be very unhappy in the Kilachand Honors College, because that’s not our purpose. We give people a lot of opportunities, especially in the second year, to pursue their own interests; in fact, we require them to do that. What we want are students who will be engaging with different ideas, different methods, different approaches, different ways of looking at the world. And also people who will enjoy being in a community that is made up of students from all over the University.

I’ve had conversations with students who were accepted and said I only want to be with students from my school; I want to be with the students in my degree. I have to tell you, I think that’s a disaster. When you’re with one group of people, especially when you’re in college, it can get old really quickly—you don’t learn anything about the disciplines outside of your own.

It isn’t that we’re looking for people who are well roundedthat’s a phrase I don’t like. I had a professor who said “Well-roundedthat means a person without edges! Without personality!” We are trying to find students who have a lot of ability and who would really flourish in college and add something to the community, but maybe didn’t have the highest SAT scores or GPA.”

If you’re interested in sitting in on a Kilachand Honors College class or talking with a current Student Ambassador, please contact us.

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