Career Skills

Upcoming classes: Career Skills


Lyzette Wanzer

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 1  |  Ready to elevate your writing career to the next level, but not sure how to present your background in an appropriately professional fashion? Whether you have a long list of publication credits or just a few, you need a literary resumé that both adheres to professional standards and encourages panelists, editors, and reviewers to learn more about your work. When done properly, this resumé helps you:

•  Land funding for your writing projects

•  Get invitations to present work at conferences

•  Obtain reading opportunities

•  Present a strong residency application

•  Get editors’ and publishers’ attention

•  Be taken seriously as a writer, and not a hobbyist.

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Laura Fraser

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 2  |  Whether you’ve always dreamed of writing professionally, you already do, or you’d like to figure out how to create better content for your job or business, this class will improve your writing in one day – guaranteed! After some coffee, we’ll start off with Story and Structure in the morning. This will help you start the writing process: from getting over writers’ block, understanding your audience and purpose, doing research, brainstorming ,and creating an outline so that your writing is engaging, logical, smooth, and satisfying to the reader. We’ll also remind you of stuff you should’ve learned in high school but may have forgotten: how to avoid the dreaded passive voice, weak verbs, excess verbiage, and a corporate or academic tone.

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Vanessa Hua

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 23 | Starting, changing, or jump-starting a writing career? Whether you’re applying for a Fulbright, a summer residency, a writer-in-residence, an M.F.A., a journalism school, or a journalism grant, you’ll learn tips and tricks for success. Learn how to fund a trip, fund your reporting, fund your writing, or fund your space – on someone else’s dime.

This class will cover how to craft a successful project proposal, work plan, or personal statement; how to solicit and draft letters of recommendation; and how to make the most of your time during and after your fellowship whether it’s one week or one year.

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Alissa Greenberg

 

 

WEDNESDAYS, July 10, 17 & 24 |

For a freelance journalist, essayist, nonfiction writer, or marketing professional, pitch letters not only generate work but also can help open doors, build new relationships, or kickstart a career. A really great pitch has power, so it’s no wonder that writing one (plus targeting it to the right publication and getting it in front of the right person) can be so challenging.

In this class, you’ll gain new insights into what editors are looking for and learn new ways to make your pitch letters as compelling as possible. Each class will include tips on sharpening your story ideas and presenting them to editors, plus time for workshopping student pitches.

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Susan Ito

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 13th  |  For some writers, first drafts are the fun part. Anything is possible! After that, revision can feel overwhelming. But it can also be fun and rewarding, especially when broken down into manageable components.

Come to this one-day revision boot camp with your manuscript (two hard copies of either a fiction or creative nonfiction piece, 10 pages maximum) and you’ll go through a series of timed stations, examining and working on your pages from a wide angle and up close. Learn how to focus on one element at a time: dialogue, character emotions, setting, sensory details, plotting, time elements, a title brainstorm and more.

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Laura Fraser

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 21 | Whether you’ve always dreamed of writing professionally, you already do, or you’d like to figure out how to create better content for your job or business, this class will improve your writing in one day – guaranteed!

After some coffee, we’ll start off with Story and Structure in the morning. This will help you start the writing process: from getting over writers’ block, understanding your audience and purpose, doing research, brainstorming ,and creating an outline so that your writing is engaging, logical, smooth, and satisfying to the reader. We’ll also remind you of stuff you should’ve learned in high school but may have forgotten: how to avoid the dreaded passive voice, weak verbs, excess verbiage, and a corporate or academic tone.

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Laura Fraser

 

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 | This one-day workshop is designed to help you get your ideas, work, and opinions out into the world. Whether you are writing political OpEd pieces, blogs, or other persuasive pieces, this day will help you nail your expertise and express your point of view. Please come with an issue you’d like to write about.

There are spots in this class for low-income people for 50% off. Please only register as low-income if you truly can’t afford the full price; you will be taking a spot away from someone else. If you’ve spent more than $100 on dinner recently, or ride a bus from SF to Silicon Valley every day, you don’t qualify.

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Laird Harrison

 

 

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 |  Getting published is a thrill, but competition is stiff. To succeed, you have to carefully plan your career.

In this survey course, you’ll create a roadmap to your fondest literary ambitions. Do you want to make money? Get published in top magazines? Hit the bestseller list? You’ll learn to evaluate the market for your work by analyzing your strengths and weaknesses, finding your competitive edge and identifying your niche. You’ll lay out each step you must take to get from where you are to where you want to be.

This course will include a concise overview of the following topics:

  • Setting goals
  • Psychological obstacles
  • Market research
  • Accounting
  • Negotiating rates
  • Pitching
  • Time management
  • Professional organizations
  • Contracts
  • Working with literary agents
  • Developing relationships with editors and publishers

This class is open to both new and mid-career writers pursuing their passion for the word.

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