Issue 14: Interviews
- Interview with Chris Castellani, the Artistic Director for Grub Street, a non-profit writing organization in Boston, Massachusetts
FP: How do Grub Street workshops differ from an MFA or college workshop?
CC: They follow the traditional MFA format. They’re small classes, maximum twelve students, and they’re meant to be rigorous but supportive, not for therapy. People don’t come to us to be told that their writing is good, or that they’re healthy people. They want serious feedback on their writing. What makes us different, I guess, is the age range, which is anywhere from nineteen to ninety. So you get a whole range of people in class, from different socio-economic backgrounds, different parts of the city, giving each other feedback. And there are no grades, but everybody gets written evaluations from fellow students and the teacher.
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