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Illustration by Wendy MacNaughton

The Grotto is a place.

Well, it’s been several places. More accurately, it’s a hypothesis about “place”, which we’ve been testing for some time. The hypothesis is that working writers and other storytellers will be more productive (and have more courage to pursue the work they really want to do) if they work in a community — if they surround themselves with others pursuing this same vague ambition. The narrative artists at the Grotto are not united by anything more than that — not by any school of thought, or style, or genre. Our differences rub off on each other, informally, and we grow into talents we didn’t even know we had.

If you’d like to know more about our founding and growth through the years, please read our story. For a description of our day-to-day environment, see Working Here. For information about our membership process (or, to be honest, our lack of one), see Joining.