Louise Berliner

Louise Berliner is currently completing a novel for this year’s Novel Incubator class. Her first book, Texas Guinan, Queen of the Night Clubs, is a biography of a New York night club hostess in the Roaring 20s, who was famous for saying, “Hello, Suckers!” Her poems, articles and short fiction have appeared in VQR, The Mom Egg, Porter Gulch Review, Ibbetson Review, Sacred Fire magazine, and several plein air chapbook collections. When not writing she can be found making sculptural baskets or tincturing herbs. View all posts by Louise →

Susan Donovan Bernhard

Susan Donovan Bernhard is a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship recipient. She completed the GrubStreet Novel Incubator and is hard at work revising her first novel. She lives with her husband and two children near Boston. View all posts by Susan →

Lisa Birk

A 2013 graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator, Lisa Birk was formerly a teacher of writing at Boston University and the project manager of Harvard University’s Narrative Journalism Program at the Nieman Foundation. Her work has appeared in many publications including Orion Magazine, the Harvard Review, The Boston Phoenix and The Boston Globe. It has also been anthologized in several books including W.W. Norton’s Abnormal Psychology. She is at work on her first novel, Maria LaHayeView all posts by Lisa →

Belle Brett

Belle Brett is a proud graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program. As a child, she produced what would now be called graphic novels, but alas, only the drawings remain as the words were strictly in the oral tradition. Now, several degrees and careers later (teacher, career counselor, researcher), she writes mostly novel length fiction, (no pictures, but with a cinematic flavor), about coming of age across the life span. She has completed two novels: How to Write a Best Seller, about two middle-aged friends who decide, as a solution to their respective problems, to pen a best seller about a woman with a perfect life, and Gina in the Floating World, the tale of a young woman, whose stint as a bar hostess in Tokyo leads her down a darker path. Her short story, “Heartbreak Hotel,” about the same protagonist, was published in Del Sol Review. In addition to writing, she is an artist and enjoys traveling and dancing with her husband and aging contemporaries to live music in the dive bars of Somerville and Cambridge. All of it is grist for her writing mill.  View all posts by Belle →

Helen Bronk

Helen Bronk graduated from Grub Street’s Novel Incubator in 2016 and continues work on her novel, Trotamundos, an inverted immigration story set in Cusco, Peru. She has traveled throughout Central and South America. Now a professional grant-writer, she spends too much of her spare time reading.  View all posts by Helen →

Sarah Colwill-Brown

Sarah’s creative work has appeared in The Conium Review, The Medulla Review, Poetry & Audience, and elsewhere. She is Marketing and Community Engagement Manager at GrubStreet, Boston’s creative writing center, and Assistant Managing Editor for Post Road magazine. A member of the 2014-15 Novel Incubator class, Sarah is at work on her first novel, and can usually be found curled up with her notebook, a stash of black ballpoint pens, and endless cups of tea. Sarah has lived in the US for four years and hails from Yorkshire, England, birthplace of the Brontes, Patrick Stewart, and not being from London.  View all posts by Sarah →

Julie Carrick Dalton

Julie Carrick Dalton is a graduate of the GrubStreet Novel Incubator. As a journalist, she has published articles in dozens of publications, including The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, and The Hollywood Reporter. She holds a Master’s in Creative Writing from Harvard Extension School, and her short stories have appeared in The MacGuffin, The Charles River Review, and the anthology Turning Points: Stories about Choice and Change. Her first novel manuscript won the 2017 William Faulkner Literary Competition and the 2017 Writer’s League of Texas contest. She is represented by Stacy Testa at Writers House. Mom to four kids and two dogs, Julie runs a 100-acre family farm and loves to ski, kayak, cook vegetarian food, and dig in the dirt. You can follow her @juliecardalt or  View all posts by Julie →

Amber Elias

Amber Elias is a lawyer and a writer, traveler, eater, constant reader. She is an alum of the first Novel Incubator class. Depending on the day you ask, her novel is either an endless Sisyphean nightmare or a consuming labor of love. She lives in Somerville with her husband and her kid. View all posts by Amber →

Michele Ferrari

Michele Ferrari is a 2013-2014 Novel Incubator graduate and is working on her first novel. She grew up in Brooklyn, but now lives in Cambridge with her husband, kids, and Jack Russell terrier, Mr. Bond. She is running the 2014 Boston Marathon to raise money for a local charity, Next Step, that provides support and community for young people living with life-threatening illnesses, like HIV and cancer. View all posts by Michele →

Jack Ferris

Jack bought his first computer with contest money he won from writing a one-act comedy, then he used that computer to try writing novels. The computer and all of its component parts have long-since died, but at least one of the novels lived on to be a part of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator. In his spare time, he keeps a mostly defunct story blog at, argues with anti-feminists and works 9:00 – 5:00 in an office. View all posts by Jack →

Kelly J. Ford

Kelly J. Ford’s debut novel, COTTONMOUTHS, is out now from Skyhorse on June 6, 2017. She is an instructor for GrubStreet Writing Center and a regular contributor to the website Dead Darlings. Her fiction has appeared in Black Heart MagazineFried Chicken and Coffee, and Knee-Jerk Magazine. She can be found at and all posts by Kelly →

Marc Foster

Marc’s short fiction has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Santa Clara Review, and South Carolina Review. As a founding board member of GrubStreet, he helped the organization develop over eight years to become the premier non-profit writing center in New England and a nationally recognized model. During that time, Marc co-founded the Memoir Project, a joint venture between GrubStreet and The City of Boston that teaches seniors how to write. He currently serves on the board of 826 Boston, the New England chapter of Dave Eggers’ youth-focused non-profit. View all posts by Marc →

Lissa Franz

Lissa Franz’s short fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review and Fogged Clarity. She lives in Concord, MA and is currently revising a novel. View all posts by Lissa →

Stephanie Gayle

Stephanie Gayle is the author of Idyll Threats, the first in the Chief Lynch series. The second in the series is due out Fall 2017. Her first novel is My Summer of Southern Discomfort. Her stories and non-fiction have appeared in The Potomac Review, Kenyon Review Online and Punchnel’s, among others. She’s been nominated twice for a Pushcart prize. She can be found at and all posts by Stephanie →

Kat Gibson

Kat Gibson is a 2015 graduate of Grub Street’s Novel Incubator. She works in tax law and often travels to fantasy worlds, usually when reading the IRS Code.
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Deborah Good

Deborah Good is a 2015 graduate of Grub Street’s Novel Incubator program. After a childhood on Long Island, she did stints in Ann Arbor and Somerville, ended up in Brookline and hasn’t budged. She is a social worker and the mother of two daughters. She is working on a new novel, The Confessions of Viktor Schmitz. View all posts by Deborah →

Carol D. Gray

Carol D. Gray is a graduate of the 2013 Novel Incubator Program. She is also a psychologist who worked in mental health for twenty years before starting to write novels. View all posts by Carol →

Mark Guerin

Mark Guerin is a 2014 graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program. An award-winning poet in college, he shifted to playwriting in the 80’s, developing plays at the Chicago Dramatists Workshop (a GrubStreet for playwrights), being awarded an Illinois Arts Council Grant and collecting an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Brandeis University. After 25 years focusing on fatherhood, business writing, graphic design and multimedia development, he returns to creative writing full-time as a novelist. He is currently developing two different books set in the 1970s in northern Illinois where he grew up. Mark lives in Andover with his wife, Carol, and two Brittany Spaniels. View all posts by Mark →

Michelle Hoover

Michelle Hoover is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University and teaches at GrubStreet, where she leads the Novel Incubator program. She is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut, The Quickening, was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award “Must Read.” Her second novel, Bottomland, was published by Grove/Atlantic in March 2016. She is a native of Iowa and lives in Boston. For more, go to View all posts by Michelle →

Rose Himber Howse

Rose Himber Howse is a student in GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator. She is currently revising her first novel, Stones They Broke, which explores queer identity in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Rose enjoys writing about, and eating, neon orange foods. She also teaches literacy to adults in Boston. View all posts by Rose →

Cynthia Johnson

Cynthia Johnson’s career in television, radio and film lasted over 35 years. Her production experience ranged from public service campaigns, documentaries, docu-dramas and live studio productions. Ms. Johnson worked for PBS, NBC and CBS affiliates and has won 9-New England EMMY Awards, 2-Gold World Medal from the International Film and Television Festival of New York, CEBA Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and the 2003 Massachusetts Psychological Award for her contributions in broadcast and media.

Ms. Johnson has written several dramatic scripts for television including the docu-drama, Journey of Courage, a historical look at 350 years of black presence in New England and WGBH’s Ellington’s Sentimental Mood.

In 2000, Ms. Johnson wrote a dramatic piece for Gore Place Museum in Waltham entitled, The Trunk, a biography of Robert Roberts, the domestic of Massachusetts Federalist Governor, Christopher Gore. The Trunk has been performed for over 5K students throughout New England.

Currently, Ms. Johnson is working on her first novel with GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator. View all posts by Cynthia →

Sharissa Jones

Sharissa Jones hails from rural Nebraska, growing up on a farm that is fifty miles from the nearest McDonald’s and somehow her fiction always ends up back on the plains. She is a member of the 2015 GrubStreet Novel Incubator class and is currently working on a novel about a wrongful conviction set in, of course, Nebraska. Sharissa lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and two young daughters. View all posts by Sharissa →

Kim Libby

Kim Libby is 2015 graduate of the Novel Incubator Program, and she is at work revising her first novel: a work of historical fiction set in her native state of Maine. Kim has taught English Literature/Writing for eleven years, including one year as the Writer-in-Residence at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. She currently teaches at Noble & Greenough, an independent school in Dedham, MA.View all posts by Kim →

Pamela Loring

Pamela Loring is a writer and editor who is busy reworking her first novel, Breeding Grounds, in the 2016 Novel Incubator program. She is the founder of the Salty Quill Writers Retreat for Women, which is based on residencies she’s very happy to have been awarded by The Edward Albee Foundation, Ragdale, C-Scape, Turkey Land Cove Foundation, and Peaked Hill Trust. She also runs a writers’ workshop at North River Arts Society, where she organizes readings and writing workshops. For more info, visit her websiteView all posts by Pamela →

Louise Miller

Louise Miller is a writer and pastry chef living in Boston, MA. She received a scholarship to attend the 2013-2014 Novel Incubator program, where she revised her first novel. Her debut THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING is forthcoming from Pamela Dorman Books (Viking/Penguin Random House). She is an art school drop-out, an amateur flower gardener, an old-time banjo player, an obsessive movie goer, and a champion of old dogs. Louise writes about baking and books on her Tumblr blog LouisetheBaker. You can follow her on twitter @louisethebaker View all posts by Louise →

E. B. Moore

E. B. Moore is a metal sculptor turned writer. Her chapbook of poems, New Eden, A Legacy, (Finishing Line Press, 2009) served as the foundation for her novel, An Unseemly Wife (NAL/Penguin). These writings are based on family stories from her Amish roots in Lancaster Pennsylvania. Ms. Moore graduated from GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator and has received full fellowships to The Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo.  Her second novel, Stones in the Road (NAL/Penguin Random House) was published on 9/6/15.  She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts View all posts by E.B. →

Alison Murphy

Alison Murphy is a freelance writer and Senior Program Manager at GrubStreet, one of the world’s leading independent creative writing centers. Her nonfiction can be found in ROAR Magazine, Men’s Journal, and elsewhere. In her spare time, she teaches creative writing to inmates at the Bay State Correctional Center. Alison can usually be found at her laptop with her faithful basset hound Murray at her feet, hard at work on her first novel. View all posts by Alison →

Michael Nolan

Michael Nolan is a member of the Novel Incubator’s second class. He writes and he reads and he enjoys working out in his gym. In winter, he takes solitary rides to Outer Cape Cod, where he sits high on the dunes of Wellfleet, looking down and listening to the roll of the unrelenting sea. It’s always the same sound. Yet, strangely, it never gets boring. View all posts by Michael →

Tracey Palmer

Tracey Palmer is a freelance writer and founder of Chicks Who Write, a professional networking group for women who freelance in greater Boston. She is a 2016 graduate of Grub Street’s Novel Incubator and a member of the program’s alumni board. Tracey lives south of Boston with her husband, two daughters, four chickens, and a dog.View all posts by Tracey →

Patricia Park

Patricia Park is from NYC. She received her MFA from Boston University and is an alumna of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator. Her first novel RE JANE, a Korean-American retelling of JANE EYRE, was published in May 2015 with Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin/Viking. View all posts by Patricia →

Hesse Phillips

Hesse Phillips is a native of Pittsburgh who has been to the 1980s and 1990s, as well as two other decades. Over the years, she has managed to do a number of interesting things, including the simultaneous completion of a PhD dissertation and a novel recounting the final days of Christopher Marlowe. What’s her secret? Sludgy coffee, horror movies, and the Novel Incubator. Currently, Hesse is watching The Golden Girls at her home in Medford, MA, along with her two cats. View all posts by Hesse →

Kelly Robertson

Kelly Robertson is a graduate of the Novel Incubator and is working on a novel loosely based on the first female trainer of guide dogs for the blind. She is a recovering CPA and lives with her two whippets, Zoe and Zephyr. When not writing, she can be found walking her whippets through the streets of Cambridge. Her flash fiction can be heard at The Drum, a Literary Magazine for Your Ears. She blogs about writing and dogs at and randomly tweets on Twitter at @robertsonkelly. View all posts by Kelly →

Laura Roper

Laura Roper is working on an historical novel and is a current Novel Incubator student. She works in the field of international development as a nonprofit management consultant, although her appetite for adventure isn’t what it once was. She lives in Somerville, but spends a good deal of time on the Cape and on the road. View all posts by Laura →

Emily Ross

Emily Ross graduated from GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator Program in 2012. She is the author of the YA thriller Half in Love with Death (Simon & Schuster/ Simon Pulse). Half in Love with Death  was named a finalist for best YA novel in the International Thriller Writers 2016 Thriller Awards. She received a 2014 MCC Artist Fellowship finalist award for fiction. She lives in Quincy Massachusetts  and is the mother of two millennials. Find out more at or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, or TwitterView all posts by Emily →

Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne

Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne is a 2013 graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program. She is a journalist and writer at work on her first novel, about how a single moment of drunken bad sex can ruin lives for years to come. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic (where she was an editor back in the magazine’s Boston days), The Boston GlobeBoston Magazine and GlobalPost, among others. A native of Tennessee, her essay on how killing a deer made her a feminist appeared in the anthology Click! When We Knew We Were Feminists. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, two kids, and a menagerie of her daughter’s imaginary friends, favorites of which are Wildebeest, Ouch, and Scary Bear. (He’s cooler than Nice Bear.) View all posts by Elizabeth →

Pat Sollner

Pat Sollner’s work has appeared in The Mississippi Review, Cat’s Ear, The Seneca Review, and Oasis. “Dust to Dust” was one of the winners in The Drum 2012 Flash Contest. Pat holds a PhD in Comparative Literature with a concentration in Russian Literature. She received NDEA fellowships to study in the USSR during the Cold War, and has taught Russian and Russian Literature at the University of Massachusetts, and essay writing at Simmons College and Boston University. She is a 2014 graduate of the Novel Incubator, and is at work on her novel, Leningrad RouletteView all posts by Pat →

Mandy Syers

Mandy Syers is a graduate of GrubStreet’s 2013 Novel Incubator program. Her company, Heirloom Books, preserves people’s family histories for future generations in archival, hand-bound volumes. She lives in Providence, RI, where she is revising her novel and also working on a rhyming children’s picture book, illustrated by her husband. View all posts by Mandy →

R. J. Taylor

R.J. Taylor was part of the pilot year of the Novel Incubator program of Boston’s Grub Street writing center. She received her B.A. from UC, Santa Cruz and M.F.A. from Emerson College. She is currently working on two novels, one a literary story about a neurologist, the other a high fantasy novel. She lives in Somerville, splitting her time between writing and posing as a mild-mannered librarian. View all posts by R.J. →

Leslie Teel

Leslie Teel is a Year Six graduate of the Novel Incubator where she worked on her YA suspense novel TELL EVIE I SAID HI. Her short fiction has appeared in The Blue Lake Review and Amarillo Bay. Leslie currently lives in Watertown, MA with two stripey cats and a non-stripey human. She watches a lot of TV featuring snarky, angst-ridden teens. Instagram: @leslie.teel View all posts by Leslie Teel →

Milo Todd

Milo Todd has seven years of experience as a freelance writer, editor, and manuscript consultant. He specializes in LGBTQ content in both fiction and non-fiction, and additionally works as a sensitivity reader. His work has been shown on such sites as Everyday Feminism, Grub Writes, and Dead Darlings. He’s an alum of Grub Street’s Novel Incubator Program, where he worked as a Pechet Fellow on THE FALCON OF DOVES, a work of historical fiction following the lives of queer pirates. You can follow him on Twitter @todd_milo. View all posts by Milo →

Bonnie Waltch

Bonnie Waltch has worked in documentary television, museum exhibit production, and non-profit arts management. She is currently producing a series of video & audio exhibits for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. She was thrilled to be part of the 2014-15 Novel Incubator class and is seeking representation for her YA novel, Finding Black Jaguar. View all posts by Bonnie →

Ashley Weckbacher

Ashley is a sixth-year Novel Incubator student working on a fairy tale about selkies and motherhood. She’s been writing stories set on boats since before she could read and spends a significant amount of her time at the New England Aquarium. For “research.” View all posts by Ashley →

Jerry Whelan

Jerry Whelan graduated from Boston Latin School, Boston College & Middlebury College. While still teaching languages at Boston College High School, he completed a draft of his first novel, an historical saga set in 19th century Boston. It includes a Darling of a character he’s still loath to kill, who speaks in near-incomprehensible Joycean tongues. Not surprisingly, this MS is serving as an excellent doorstop. His second novel, The Man Who Walked In Circles, graduated from GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program, and is a better Man for it, though not yet the Man of Jerry’s dreams. Jerry’s publications to date include translations of Mario Vargas Llosa in Salmagundi, and his first published short story “Pasquale The Glassblower,” in the Fall 2012 issue of the Madison Review. Jerry’s current language obsession is German. Es lebe Dead Darlings! View all posts by Jerry →

Anna Williams

Anna Williams is a Novel Generator alum working on a middle-grade novel about the seductive and dangerous power of fantasy worlds. She lives in Boston with her husband and two really excellent cats. You can see these excellent cats for yourself on Instagram via @lady_catsalot.  View all posts by Anna →

Rob Wilstein

Rob Wilstein is a 2012 graduate of Grub Street’s Novel Incubator program. His first novel, as yet unpublished, Big Shot, is a historical journey into life on New York’s Lower East Side during the Depression years and its effect on Harry, a young Jewish immigrant struggling to achieve success. He is currently working on a second novel, Alan Feldman, Most Likely to Succeed, in which a fifty-year-old gambling addict loses his wife and daughter, setting him on a quest to rebuild his life.  View all posts by Rob →

Cara Wood

Cara Wood is a member of the 2015 GrubStreet Novel Incubator class and editor of DeadDarlings. A PR and marketing professional by day, she holds a master’s degree in communication from Clark University. You can follow her on Twitter @theory2lifeView all posts by Cara →

Jennie Wood

Jennie Wood is the creator and writer of Flutter, a comic series. Flutter, Volume One: Hell Can Wait, the first graphic novel in the series, is available on 215 Ink. The Advocate calls Flutter one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013. She is also a contributor to the award-winning, New York Times best-selling 
comic anthology, FUBAR: Empire of the Rising Dead and FUBAR: American History Z. She is an instructor at GrubStreet and writes non-fiction features for On September 4, 2014, 215 Ink will publish her novel, A Boy Like Me. Jennie is one of Go Magazine’s Women We Love for 2013. For more:  www.jenniewood.comView all posts by Jennie →