Career Skills

Upcoming classes: Career Skills


Lyzette Wanzer

TUESDAYS, APR. 13 — MAY 25  |  This intensive hands-on workshop will provide you with the career savvy you need to stand out from the crowd of writers who, though they may be talented, lack the marketplace acumen they need to boost their opportunities from good to great. Learn a comprehensive set of professional practices that translate your talent into actionable, real-world skills for escalating your literary career. Learn how to increase your chances of earning grants, landing residencies, and getting published. Over the course of this workshop, you will acquire the practices and strategies you need to reveal and take advantage of scores of opportunities for your work–skills you can put into immediate effect! Many students have garnered their first literary grant, writing conference invitation, or publication credit after completing this course.

Asynchronous learning materials for this class will be available online (via the Wet Ink platform). Scheduled class sessions will take place via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for details.

Lyzette Wanzer’s work appears in over twenty-five literary journals and books, and she is a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie 2012), The Naked Truth, Essay Daily, and San Francisco University High School Journal. A three-time San Francisco Arts Commission and Center for Cultural Innovation grant recipient, Lyzette serves as Judge for the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition’s Intercultural Essay category. She is currently helming an essay anthology entitled Trauma, Tresses, &Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narrative (Chicago Review Press 2022).

Contact: AuthorLyzetteWanzer@LyzetteWanzerMFA.com

Number of sessions: 7

Dates: Tuesdays, April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25

Time: 5:30 – 8:00pm Pacific Time

Course fee: $350


THURSDAY, MAY 6  |  Join journalist, writer, artist, longtime arts administrator, San Francisco Arts Commissioner, and grant writing expert JD Beltran to learn the best practices of grant writing in a three and a half-hour, hands-on workshop. Beltran has experience on both sides of the equation, including landing over $1M in grant funding for her own projects and non-profit organizations over the course of her career, as well as in serving as a panelist on hundreds of grant selection award panels for many municipal and cultural agencies. Learn how to interpret grant guidelines and eligibility, write compelling narratives, curate your strongest documentation and work samples, create budgets with notes, and provide other documents to support your proposal. Also covered is how to research the best resources for grants in your field, and how to create your personalized annual grant deadline calendar.

This webinar covers multiple aspects of grant writing for writers and artists working in all disciplines with the goal of giving you confidence and a clear road map when applying for grants. We will cover the essential elements of proposal writing, including how best to describe your work, create context, and make a compelling case for funding. Open to writers, artists, arts administrators, and anyone in the creative field at all skill levels. Please bring a laptop and plan on preparing your materials for a specific grant you have in mind, as we will be crafting and critiquing grant narratives personal to your needs.

This class will meet on Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.

JD Beltran is a writer/journalist, artist, filmmaker, designer, and arts administrator whose award-winning work, executed in a multiplicity of mediums, has been published, screened and exhibited internationally. Beltran writes online columns on art and culture, including for the Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate.com), Visual Art Source, Fabrik Magazine, and more. Her artworks have been commissioned by and featured at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Institute, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the MIT Media Lab, and the Kitchen NYC. She also has been commissioned for public art projects worldwide, including in San Francisco, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In 2009, her public artwork in San Jose CA was awarded the Public Art Network award as one of the most outstanding public artworks in the United States. She’s achieved grants from Artadia, the Workshop Residence, San Francisco Arts Commission, Stochastic Labs, ARS Electronica, and a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Fellowship, and residencies at Skowhegan, the Pilchuck School, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Stochastic Labs, and the Lucas Artists Residency at Montalvo Arts Center. She currently serves on the boards of the Recology Artist-In-Residence Program, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and San Francisco Design Week, and formerly served on the boards of the the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, SFCamerawork and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has served as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Arts Commission since 2009, and was appointed as its president for 8 years, from 2011 to 2018. Beltran’s M.F.A. degree is from the San Francisco Art Institute and she also served as a longtime faculty there (2002-2018). She also was faculty at the California College of the Arts from 2013-2019. In 2019, Beltran launched the non-profit Center for Creative Sustainability, which cultivates and implements groundbreaking creative collaborations, projects, initiatives, and legislation towards sustainability in the arts, the environment, and our society.

Contact: jdbeltran.studio@gmail.com

Number of sessions: 1

Dates: Thursday, May 7

Time: 5:30 – 9:00pm Pacific Time

Course fee: $75


Lyzette Wanzer

SATURDAYS, MAY 15 — JUNE 26  |  Have you thought about enrolling in a Creative Writing MFA program, but feel intimidated by the application process? Do you fret about how to make your application rise to the top in a stack of fierce competitors? What are the most common pitfalls, and how can you avoid them? How can you navigate and make the most of a program in which you— and the topics about which you write—are in the minority? You probably know how competitive these programs are and how exacting the admissions requirements can be. Learn to present each aspect of your application in the strongest light, and avoid both the blunders and the omissions that many of your fellow applicants will make. During this class, you will complete several drafts of the dreaded “tell us about yourself” statement, compile your literary CV, understand the differences and (often surprising) variations among MFA programs, and consider which program model may be the best fit for you. This class is geared for writers of color who are thinking about or planning to apply to an MFA program in Creative Writing.

Asynchronous learning materials for this class will be available online (via the Wet Ink platform). Scheduled class sessions will take place via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for details.

Lyzette Wanzer’s work appears in over twenty-five literary journals and books, and she is a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie), The Naked Truth, Essay Daily, and San Francisco University High School Journal. A three-time San Francisco Arts Commission and Center for Cultural Innovation grant recipient, Lyzette serves as Judge for the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition’s Intercultural Essay category. She is currently helming an essay anthology entitled Trauma, Tresses, & Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narrative.

Contact: AuthorLyzetteWanzer@LyzetteWanzerMFA.com

Number of sessions: 6

Dates: Saturdays, May 15, 22; June 5, 12, 19, 26 (NO CLASS MAY 29)

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm Pacific Time

Course fee: $330


Lyzette Wanzer

MONDAYS, MAY 17 — JUNE 14  |  Do you know how to create a literary CV, author bio, artist statement, and “About Me” statements? When conference directors, funding panels, and residency committees meet around a table to discuss your application, are these tools of the trade hobbling you or helping you? In this month-long seminar, learn how to create professional documents that, regardless of your experience level, broadcast that you are a serious, committed writer worthy of genuine consideration.

Asynchronous learning materials for this class will be available online (via the Wet Ink platform). Scheduled class sessions will take place via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for details.

Lyzette Wanzer’s work appears in over twenty-five literary journals and books, and she is a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie 2012), The Naked Truth, Essay Daily, and San Francisco University High School Journal. A three-time San Francisco Arts Commission and Center for Cultural Innovation grant recipient, Lyzette serves as Judge for the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition’s Intercultural Essay category. She is currently helming an essay anthology entitled Trauma, Tresses, &Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narrative (Chicago Review Press 2022).

Contact: AuthorLyzetteWanzer@LyzetteWanzerMFA.com

Number of sessions: 4

Dates: Mondays, May 17, 24; June 7, 14 (NO CLASS MAY 31)

Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm Pacific Time

Course fee: $300

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