Tell-All 10: Rejected Tales of Modern Love

A Post-Valentine’s Day Special Event!

February 15, 2022 — 7pm

Live — Online — Registration Required

We’ve all read the popular New York Times Modern Love column. What you might not know is that the Times receives thousands of submissions for the 50 essays it publishes each year, making it one of the most sought-after spots for both aspiring and established writers.

Join us on February 15—the day after Valentine’s Day—for an evening of rejected Modern Love essays. Five writers will share the work they poured their hearts into. They’ll share stories of love, loss, and the murky zone in-between.

A virtual event brought to you by the alumni of the GrubStreet Memoir Incubator and co-sponsored by GrubStreet and Belmont Books.

Britni de la Cretaz is a freelance writer whose work sits at the intersection of sports, gender, culture, and queerness. Their book, Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Football League, is out now from Bold Type Books.

Catherine O’Neill is a debut author working on her memoir, Zero Balance, A Journey into the Disease of  Gambling. She graduated from GrubStreet’s Incubator program in 2017.  Her work has been published in the International Women’s Writing Group’s Tidal Magazine, Write Launch, Covey Club, Write Angle, and the Irish Central newspaper.

Deborah Sosin is a writer, editor, clinical social worker, and GrubStreet instructor. She holds an MFA from Lesley University and MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe Magazine, Salon, Cognoscenti, The Writer’s Chronicle, The Manifest-Station, and elsewhere. Her picture book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place, won the Gold INDIEFAB Award, among several honors. She is working on an essay collection, Heartbeats and Other Seismic Matters. More at

Anri Wheeler is a writer, educator, and mother to three strong daughters. She facilitates workshops on identity and social justice as co-founder of Beyond Binaries Consulting. She is an alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator, and VONA. She is working on a memoir about race, class, and mermaids. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Independent, Cognoscenti, Hippocampus, Romper, The Brevity Blog, Pangyrus, and others. More at

And special guest, Alysia Abbott, author of the award-winning memoir, Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father (W.W. Norton). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Vogue, Real Simple, LitHub, Psychology Today, and elsewhere. She’s a graduate of the New School’s MFA writing program and currently runs GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator program. More at: