GMP Founder Tom Matlack to Teach Writing Seminar in Boston Open to Public

6 Weeks, 6 Essays: Men and Manhood

6 Thursdays from 6:00-9:00pm at Grub Street headquarters. Begins January 10th.

From bad boy celebrities to the never ending discussion of Hana Rosin’s article and now book, The End of Men, the role and character of the modern man is a topic that is being debated widely with sweeping generalities. The idea of this course is to dig beneath the surface to the particular man you are or the men you know with an overarching theme of what it means to be a good man in the modern world. The writing form is first person narrative. Your gender doesn’t matter, but the topic is men—fathers, sons, husbands, soldiers, priests, and inmates. By the end of the class you will have written six non-fiction pieces that explore your own experience as a man or your experience with the men in your life. Each essay of the first five essays will be 750 words (with a limit of 1,000) and the final essay will take one of your previous pieces and build it into a piece that is 2,000 words. The first week the class will do an in-class writing exercise and workshop everyone’s work in real time. For the next five weeks the instructor will assign a prompt and the students being workshopped will email their finished work to the class in advance. Students will be required to come to class having read each other’s work and a few outside pieces the instructor has provided. The instructor will provide written feedback on each piece being workshopped, with more extensive comments on the final longer essay. Please note that, because of class size (a maximum of 12), not every writer will be workshopped each week. The instructor will set a schedule on the first night, and students are likely to get feedback on at least two of their essays. The goal of the class is to improve each student’s craft and voice by seeing what works in their fellow students writing as much as their own. There is no pre-requisite for this course and all levels of writers are welcome to join, though the instructor asks that everyone sticks to the deadlines and comes to class prepared for the workshop. Since the majority of the class time will be spent workshopping, the instructor will demand a positive and constructive atmosphere.

 Register HERE

What Is Grub Street?

Grub Street is the second largest independent center for creative writing in the United States. We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our mission is to be an innovative, rigorous, and welcoming community for writers who together create their best work, find audience, and elevate the literary arts for all.

We accomplish this by offering the highest quality classes and services for writers at all stages of development, by educating writers through the entire writing process from inspiration to publication and promotion, by putting a premium on teaching excellence, by welcoming as many writers as possible through generous scholarships and free outreach programming, by creating fulfilling employment for writers, by connecting people and ideas through writing, and by empowering writers to fully embrace new opportunities ushered in by the digital age.

Our Philosophy

Grub Street was founded in 1997 by Eve Bridburg, who envisioned an arts center that welcomed writers of all genres and ambitions, and which cultivated a rigorous but supportive atmosphere that never involved tears or humiliation.

Writing is about inspiration, but is also about craft, hard work, and who you know. Grub Street aims to help with all aspects of the literary life, from experimenting with a different genre to marketing a finished work. We believe that writers at all levels hunger for critical feedback that is honest but not damaging, and encouragement that is constructive and not hand-holding.

Grub Street also offers the chance to be part of a community. You can read your latest work at our Season Showcase, a quarterly reading and party. Meet editors and agents at our annual The Muse and the Marketplace conference. Find a writers group amongworkshop and seminar classmates. Hear high-energy readings and even do some dancing at our “Grub Gone…” Friday night parties. Or drop by on a Saturday morning for coffee and free-wheeling discussions on topics of interest to readers and writers.

We believe that teaching and practicing the art of creative writing is not only important because it explores and documents the human condition, but because it creates meaning in our lives. We write and read for various reasons—to understand, to see through and beyond, to experiment, to imagine, to escape—but our main concern is that the work is the best it can be.

At Grub Street, you’ll make connections, meet other writers and, most importantly, get writing.

About Tom Matlack

Thomas Matlack is a venture capitalist.


  1. John Anderson says:

    My teacher told me about this weird experiment. I’m not 100% sure he was serious, but it was to teach people that punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence. Supposedly a class was asked to punctuate this sentence

    A woman without her man is nothing

    All the men supposedly punctuated it like this

    A woman, without her man, is nothing.

    All the women supposedly punctuated it like this

    A woman: without her, man is nothing.

    It would probably get you into trouble though. Your Twitter would go nuts.

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