MUSE & THE MARKETPLACE POLICIES

ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

Ensuring that the Muse is accessible to all attendees and presenters is a top priority. The Muse team is working in an ongoing basis with our virtual venue to determine the most robust accessibility features we can offer for Muse 2022 and will post updates here. If you have any accessibility requests or wish to voice an ADA-related concern, please contact us at muse@grubstreet.org or call 617-695-0075.

Current statement from Hopin, the virtual venue for the Muse:

At Hopin, we believe that inclusivity is fundamental to nurturing the most meaningful connections. Ensuring that our website and products are equitable and accessible to all users is of highest priority. In order to support this, we are committed to aligning with the accessibility best practices, including the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 level AA criteria.

This helps people who:

      • Are blind or otherwise use screen reader software or braille displays
      • Rely on keyboard or other assistive technologies for interaction
      • Have low vision or are colorblind and need magnification, high contrast, or other visual improvements
      • Are deaf or hard of hearing and require captions or sign language
      • Or otherwise benefit from digital accessibility

Hopin digital accessibility features include AI-generated closed captioning. As an attendee, you can toggle Closed Captions on and off at any time with a simple click of a button on desktop versions of Hopin.

 

INTERNET REQUIREMENT

The conference will take place in a virtual space, meaning attendees must have internet access. If you can stream a YouTube video or join a video chat, you will be able to join the conference.

ATTENDANCE & ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY

We at Grub take our writing seriously; ourselves, not so much. We hope you savor this time to put your writing first, and to enjoy yourself while you’re here.

GrubStreet strives to be a rigorous and welcoming community where all writers—whether attendee, presenter, volunteer, or staff—can feel supported to do our best work. As we prepare for days ahead, here are a few guidelines to help us have a fun and productive weekend.

What you can expect:

  • You and your work will be treated with respect by our staff, presenters, and your fellow attendees.

What we expect (from all participants):

  • That you’ll refrain from disruptive behavior. This includes (but is not limited to) any behavior that impedes the learning process, disrupts presenters, and/or interferes in any way with other attendees’ ability to get what they need (or want) out of a session. Such behavior will not be tolerated. Attendees engaging in disruptive, aggressive, or antagonistic behavior may be immediately removed from all residency platforms and will lose access to all programmatic components of the Muse 2022 residency.
  • That you’ll also treat others with respect, honesty, and a generosity of spirit. Harassment—whether verbal, written, physical, or sexual—directed at attendees, presenters, volunteers, sponsors, staff, or other Muse participants will not be tolerated, and may result in a verbal or written warning from conference staff, OR in immediate removal from residency platforms and loss of programmatic access.

What we can’t guarantee:

  • That there won’t be any changes. We do our best to keep the schedule consistent with what we’ve posted online, but sometimes we have to make changes due to circumstances beyond our control.
  • That your sessions will run perfectly. Unforeseen technical issues, internet slowness, and other problems could disrupt sessions at Muse 2022. We’ll plan rigorously to prevent them all, but in a virtual environment the possibility for such issues will always exist.
  • You’ll get published/signed/etc. We do our best to offer a rigorous environment that will help you improve your writing and understanding of the marketplace. We cannot, however, guarantee you fame and fortune as a writer—at least not yet! See this as a time to learn, meet new people, and deepen connections that can help you in the future.

CANCELLATION POLICY

We do not issue refunds for the Muse. You may request a credit if the following apply:

For Registrations fully paid for and cancelled...

  • On or before March 28, 2022: We will issue a GrubStreet credit for the full amount you’ve paid, less a $50 processing fee.
  • On or after March 29, 2022: No credits will be issued for any registrations, Manuscript Mart appointments, Writer's Studio Sessions, or Agent & Editor Info Sessions.

Any registrant who cancels their conference ticket is ineligible to volunteer for that conference.

MEDIA RECORDING & IMAGE RELEASE

I hereby grant GrubStreet, Inc., its employees, agents and assigns, permission to take photographs, videotape, or digital recordings of myself, and to use these in any and all forms, media, and manners, now or hereafter known.

I give unrestricted permission for images, videos, and recordings of myself to be used in print, video, digital and internet media. I agree that these images and/or recordings may be used for a variety of purposes, and that these images and/or recordings may be used without further notifying me.

I further acknowledge that I will not be compensated for these uses and GrubStreet, Inc. owns all rights to the images, videos and recordings, and to any derivative works created from them.

I waive any right to inspect the uses of any printed or electronic copy. I hereby release and relieve GrubStreet, Inc. and its employees, agents and assigns from any claims, damages or liabilities, known or unknown, arising out of the use of this material.

I certify that I have read the Media Release For Media Recording or Image and fully understand its terms and conditions.

For Presenters at Muse 2022: Your session will only be recorded if you indicate it can be recorded, either via email or in your presenter onboarding form. Additionally, prior to any rerelease of a full recorded session after the Muse 2022 platform has closed, you will be contacted for permission and to discuss additional compensation.