It’s 7am. Are you awake?

Me neither. Maybe that’s why I started this newsletter and podcast, to get me up, get going, start a new writing day, hopefully with a whole crew of other sleepy and pajamaed types. I’m a published novelist with more than twenty-five years of teaching experience at a number of colleges and universities, including UMass-Amherst, Smith College, Boston University, Emerson College, and Brandeis. I co-founded and lead the GrubStreet Novel Incubator program, twelve years in running with more than 35 book publications by our alums.

Recently I turned 50. And this last year I had the great experience of publishing my mother’s first novel, but I wish I had helped her make it happen years earlier. So that’s why I’m waking up early. What I couldn’t do for her, I hope to do for you.

In October 2022, we started with a crazy-making seven weeks, seven-days-a-week writing challenge (49 days +1) intended to help you launch a new project, whether you’re a newbie writer or just trying to get something new going. Every morning begins with thirty(ish) minutes of tips, inspiration, and some writing friends to help us out. I LOVE novels. But there’s something for everyone here, whether you write fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poems, plays, screenplays, and everything in between.

Listen to all of these sessions again or for the first time on our SubStack page or other podcast platforms (Spotify, Apple, etc). Replay the episodes for a 50-day challenge of your own. The schedule for our first completed challenge is below. And yes, we may be doing another one. Thanks to all the wonderful writers who gave their time and energy to make this happen!

Look for announcements in December about a continuation of our project this spring. Feedback welcome!

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Michelle Hoover
Michelle Hoover has taught writing at universities for 25 years. She now leads the GrubStreet Novel Incubator program. She is a 2014 NEA Fellow. Her novels have won prizes from the Center for Fiction, All Iowa Reads, the Mass Book Awards, and more.