Career Skills

Upcoming classes: Career Skills


Meghan Ward

 

 

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23  |  Save thousands of dollars hiring professional editors by learning to edit your own work. As a freelance book editor of 13 years, I see the same mistakes over and over. From exercises to improve your story arc, character development, dialogue and description, to tips for copyediting your completed manuscript, I’ll teach you how to turn your good manuscript into a great manuscript in this one-day intensive workshop. Bring a sample of your work (10 pages) and lunch. I’ll provide tea and snacks. 

Meghan Ward is an author, book editor, and social media consultant.

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Laird Harrison

 

 

 

SATURDAYS, SEPTEMBER 29 & OCTOBER 6  |  Getting published is a thrill. The joy of creation combines with the opportunity to inform, entertain or inspire a broad audience. But if you’ve ever contemplated a career as a freelance writer, you probably know it’s a jungle out there. Competition is stiff and writing skills don’t translate easily into income. To succeed, you have to carefully plan your career.

In this course, you’ll create a road map to realize your fondest literary ambitions. Do you want to make money? Get published in top magazines? Hit the bestseller list?

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Anisse Gross

 

 

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30  |  Breaking into the world of freelance writing can seem mysterious and downright impossible at the outset. How will you make enough money? If you currently have a job, how do you transition into full-time freelancing? When can you take the plunge? Where will you find clients? How will you successfully pitch to publications, especially if you don’t have a portfolio?

It took me several years of pitfalls, wrong turns, financial struggling, over-caffeinated meltdowns, and learning on the job to successfully make it as a freelance writer. In this one-day bootcamp, I will teach you the fundamentals of how to successfully begin freelancing for a variety of publications including magazines, newspapers, websites, and other forms of paid writing and editing work.

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Lyzette Wanzer

 

 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6  |  Artist statements are not just for visual artists and performers; in the 21st century, writers need them, too. You will use some incarnation of this statement on your own web page and media account, in personal and project statements for residency applications, and in letters of intent for grant and fellowship applications. Your statement needs to demonstrate that you are a thoughtful, deliberate writer who takes her literary career seriously. Bear in mind that this statement speaks for you on grant, fellowship, grad school, conference, and residency applications. Learn how to cast your work in its strongest, most evocative light.

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Meghan Ward

 

 

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7  |  Social Media is constantly changing. What worked in 2017 doesn’t necessarily work in 2018. So, whether you think you know social media or not, your strategy could probably use a refresh. Join me for a fun, interactive one-day workshop to learn what’s new with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, and LinkedIn as well as the best tools for managing your social media presence online. This course is great for writers and non-writers alike. Bring your own lunch or join me at American Grilled Cheese during the break. Snacks and tea are provided. 

Meghan Ward is an author, book editor, and social media consultant.

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Lyzette Wanzer

 

 

 

MONDAYS, OCTOBER 15 —NOVEMBER 12  |  One of the biggest challenges writers face is getting their work the recognition it deserves. You’ve been sending your work out—stories, articles, poems, plays—and you know it’s good work, but no one’s biting. You’ve applied for grants, travel scholarships, and writers’ conference funding, to no avail. You’d love to be invited to present work at Litquake or another high-profile reading series, or to read at a conference. You’d like to publish in literary journals that pay writers, and you’d like to start winning some writing contests. What’s the missing link?

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Faith Adiele

Faith Adiele

 

 

 

SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 28 & NOVEMBER 4  |  Are you an educator or activist with a story but don’t know where to start? Does your community involvement both inspire you and eat up potential writing time? Committing yourself to writing—just like committing to social engagement or spiritual practice—takes time and faith. This two-day workshop will re-inspire and renew those on the front lines who need both. Whether you’re reflecting on a lifetime of engagement, helping others develop their voices, recording group oral histories, or journaling the resistance, you’re telling two stories—the personal and the cultural, the private and the public.

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Julia Scheeres

 

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18  | The beauty of nonfiction books is that they can frequently be sold on the basis of a 40- to 60-page proposal. What is a proposal? Essentially, it is a business plan for a book – a document that outlines your basic premise, provides data on competing titles, includes audience research, summarizes chapter contents and includes other core information that convinces a publisher to give you a wad of money so you can take time off and write it. Memoirs, narrative journalism, business books, histories, and biographies can all be sold on proposal.

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