Joining the Grotto

Rachels-DoorMembership in the Grotto is by invitation only. We’re typically filled to capacity, and seek new members only when vacancies arise. How do we find new Grottoites? Well, there’s no place to request an application, and no waiting list. This is by design, since our criteria changes to meet the challenges posed by each vacancy. Sometimes it makes sense to add a poet to the mix, sometimes a financial reporter–the right person at that particular time is a variable. We consider our current balance and blend of disciplines, then extend invitations to apply to a limited number of candidates.

But while we’re selective, we’re not an elite. Most of our members have published extensively in their field, but our primary criterion is professionalism, in the sense of dedication and application. We all draw on the energy of being surrounded by others working hard at a perpetually difficult craft.

If the Grotto intrigues you, we suggest you subscribe to our newsletters, and attend some of our classes and public events. Another method is by applying for our Grotto Fellows program, providing temporary residencies for emerging writers.

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