We will be updating these policies to reflect this year's virtual format before registration opens.


Ensuring that the Muse is accessible to all attendees is a top priority. The newly renovated conference hotel contains elevator and ramp access to all floors, and offers special ADA-compliant guest rooms. There are still certain areas that may require staff assistance to access, which we are happy to provide. To arrange for any special accommodations, or to voice an ADA-related concern, please contact us at, or call 617-695-0075.


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, 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 attendees, presenters, and staff):

  • That you’ll refrain from disruptive behavior. This includes (but is not limited to) any behavior that impedes the learning process, disrupts conference 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 dismissed from the conference.
  • That you’ll also treat others with respect, honesty, and a generosity of spirit. Harassment-- whether verbal, physical, or sexual-- of attendees, presenters, volunteers, sponsors, or staff members will not be tolerated, and may result in immediate dismissal from the conference.

What we can’t guarantee:

  • 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 be perfect. 
  • 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.


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

For Registrations Purchased via Full Payment, and Cancelled...

  • On or before March 2nd, 2020: We will issue a GrubStreet credit for the full amount you’ve paid, less a $75 processing fee.
  • On or after March 3rd: No credits will be issued for any Manuscript Mart and/or Shop Talk Table reservations you’ve purchased.
  • On March 30th or later: No credits will be issued.

For Registrations Purchased via Deposit Payments, and Cancelled...

  • On or before March 29th, 2020: We will issue a GrubStreet credit for the amount paid to date toward your ticket fee only, less a $75 processing fee. If you’ve paid $75 or less toward your ticket fee, you are not eligible for a credit.
  • On March 30th or later: No credits will be issued.
  • No credits will be issued for any Manuscript Mart appointments or Shop Talk Table reservations purchased using Deposit Payments.

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


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.

AMENDMENT 9/25/20 For Presenters at Muse 2021: Your session will only be recorded if you indicate it can be recorded, either via email or in your presenter form. Additionally, prior to any rerelease of a full recorded session after the Muse 2021 platform has closed, you will be contacted for permission and to discuss additional compensation.