GrubStreet’s “Immigrant Stories” Series

I wrote a personal blog piece for GrubStreet’s “Immigrant Stories” series about my journey from Cuba to the person and writer I am today, titled:

Snapshots of a Cuban’s Journey, Or How I Retained My Accent.

I am immensely grateful to Sarah Colwill-Brown for her wonderful editorial eye, and to GrubStreet for providing a platform to share a slice of my immigrant story.

New Job & Writers of Color Blog Post

First, I’m happy to share the news that I’m GrubStreets new Head of Faculty and Curriculum. I’ve been teaching fiction writing at this wonderful center for over a year, during which I’ve also participated in many of their events, led free workshops, and presented at their excellent conference, The Muse & the Marketplace. I’m very excited to be a part of the staff and help GrubStreet continue their exceptional work serving our diverse community of writers in Boston and beyond!

One of the amazing initiatives at GrubStreet is the Writers of Color Group. I attended my first meeting a little while back, and wrote a blog post sharing my experiences and explaining why it’s such an important project. This meeting focused on the topic of cultural appropriation, sparked in part by Lionel Shriver’s speech at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

Master Fiction Class at GrubStreet.

I’m excited to be teaching another Master Fiction workshop at GrubStreet this summer. 

The deadline for applications is May 26th!


GrubStreet Blog Post

I put together a little write up about the relationship between creative writing and cinema, and how writers might benefit from watching classic and foreign films.

Big thanks to the folks at GrubStreet for including it in their blog, Grub Daily!



The Muse & the Marketplace Sessions

I’m happy to share that I’ll be presenting two sessions (they can be found under my name) at this year’s The Muse & the Marketplace conference in Boston! The sessions are filling up quickly, so please share with those who might be interested.

Registration is now open for the conference, which will bring together an amazing group of writers, agents, and editors.

I’m looking forward to being a part of it with the wonderful folks at GrubStreet and meeting new people who love writing, literature, and the publishing world as much as I do.

Back Porch Collective Reading at The Middle Gray Cafe!

Come out and support the arts at The Middle Gray Cafe during the Back Porch Collective’s Reading on Sat., Feb 6th!

A great bunch of readers: Jonathan Escoffery, Stacy Mattingly, Ani Gjika, Shubha Sunder, Sarah Colwill-Brown, and special guest George Clements of The Lonely Heartstring Band.

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Master Fiction Course

I’m very happy to share that I’ll be teaching a Master Fiction workshop at GrubStreet this coming spring semester. It’s an advanced class aimed at students who’ve preferably had some previous workshop experience, are thinking of applying to MFAs, or looking to publish their short fiction.

Details are available here:

Application deadline is December 10th! Feel free to share with anyone who might be interested.

GrubStreet’s Brown Bag Lunch Series

I’m leading the next Brown Bag Lunch Series meeting at GrubStreet. It’s free and open to anyone who shows up. Come for writing exercises and the opportunity to meet fellow writers.

The meeting is next Wednesday between 12:30 – 1:15pm. If you’re in the Boston area, drop by!

Context in Fiction Class

I’m really excited to be teaching yet another class at GrubStreet this fall. It’s a one-day seminar about how to provide context in fiction without hurting your narrative’s momentum. More details are available on the link below. Please share!

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