Career Skills

Upcoming classes: Career Skills


Anisse Gross

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 28  |  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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Cheryl Ossola

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 3  |  Point of view is one of the most essential aspects of imaginative writing. In fact, perspective is everything in narration, but writers sometimes place the narrator without understanding the implications of the choice they’ve made. In this one-day class, we’ll talk about POV options—the use of first, second, or third person as well as the manipulation of narrative distance and its impact on characterization across the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and even poetry. We’ll identity common POV “violations” and look at published examples, and we’ll respond to some writing prompts in class to experiment with POV.

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Lyzette Wanzer

 

 

 

TUESDAYS, JUNE 13 —27  |  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. So what’s the missing link?

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Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner

 

 

 

SATURDAYS, JUNE 17 & JULY 8  | Do you want to make writing a part of your daily schedule? As a teacher I constantly see people who say they want to write but aren’t doing it. Creating a new habit takes support, and I’ve created this class to give you the accountability to get started. This class gives you the support to do the writing that you have been dreaming of doing and also draws on my training as a hypnotherapist to channel the unconscious to help you.  We will draw on research on the psychology of creating habits, use the power of the unconscious through hypnosis, and create a support structure to help you make a new habit of writing.

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Lyzette Wanzer

 

 

 

WEDNESDAYS, JUNE 21—JULY 5  | Have you thought about enrolling in a Creative Writing M.F.A. 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 application pitfalls, and how can you avoid them? 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.

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Lyzette Wanzer

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 25  |  Winning a literary grant is an exciting and rewarding development. Grants not only validate your work and provide support—and often, time—to focus on your writing projects. They also demonstrate that your work has achieved a level of professional attainment, underscore your seriousness of purpose, and boost your literary resumé credits. In turn, grants open more doors for writers, leading to even more funding, to higher-level publications, and to increased opportunities on many fronts.

This one-day bootcamp will cover:

  • The best places to locate funding opportunities;
  • What selection committees look for in the all-important personal statement;
  • What juries want to see in your artist statement-–and what they don’t want to see;
  • Why so many applications never make it to the judging round (and how to ensure your application doesn’t suffer a similar fate).
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Anisse Gross

 

 

 

THURSDAYS, JULY 27—AUGUST 24  |  Pitching forms the core of all freelance writing careers. Writing a great pitch is essential to success in the field. In this course we will study successful (and unsuccessful) pitches to understand what makes a pitch great, and we will workshop one another’s pitches.

In this class, you will learn how to refine the angle of your story, conceptualize a hook, and use narrative techniques to draw the attention of editors. Whether you want to write for a small-scale blog or the New York Times, it’s essential that your pitch is good enough to get your foot in the door.

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Constance Hale

Constance Hale

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 29  |  Six hours, 60 bucks, free bagels, buckets of grammar.  How can you resist? Grotto member Connie Hale will lead you through a series of hilarious exercises to perk up your writing in surprising ways. (We’ll use Sin and Syntax as our guide, but dip also into Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch.) Writers will stretch new muscles, disabuse themselves of bad habits, and duke it out in a war of words. We’ll also talk about how to cultivate that most elusive of literary elements: the writer’s voice. This 1-day session is perfect for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir who want to take their prose to the next level.

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Anisse Gross

 

 

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26  |  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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