**CANCELLED** Get Invited to Read at Literary Conferences! with Lyzette Wanzer, Oct. 19th – Nov. 9th (via Zoom)

Lyzette Wanzer

Lyzette Wanzer

**CANCELLED** TUESDAYS, OCT. 19th — NOV. 9th  | This workshop offers information, guidance, and strategies for writers who wish to apply to have their work accepted at a writers’ conference, whether virtual or in-person. In a safe and supportive environment, we will explore how to:

  • choose the right writers’ conference for you
  • prepare a polished submission
  • make a professional impression from submission to attendance
  • create a conference plan
  • get financial support to attend
  • practice conference etiquette: the do’s and dont’s of both applying and attending
  • avoid common, costly mistakes in your CV and bio that mark you as an amateur

This workshop is open to writers of all levels who feel prepared to present their work at a professional writers’ conference. This class will meet on Zoom.

Work-in-Progress Workshop, with Lindsey Crittenden, Oct. 21st – Nov. 18th (via Zoom)

Lindsey Crittenden

THURSDAYS, OCT. 21st – NOV 18th  | Craving a creative community?  Looking for more time and structure to write? Whether you’re working on fiction or nonfiction, a short story or a memoir or something in between, this class provides a structured environment for momentum, insight, and support.  No matter how much (or how little) you’ve written, you’ve got a work-in-progress.  And this class will help move it along.

Write Your Artist Statement Boot Camp, with Lyzette Wanzer, Oct. 27th – Nov. 10th (via Wet Ink / Zoom)

Lyzette Wanzer

Lyzette Wanzer

WEDNESDAYS, OCT. 27 — NOV. 10  | 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. In this three-day Boot Camp, you will read several statement examples, learn how they are used, and then craft, workshop, and revise several drafts of your own statement.

Writing the Unconscious, with Jenny Bitner, Oct. 27th – Dec. 1st (via Wet Ink / Zoom)

Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner

WEDNESDAYS, OCT. 27th — DEC. 1st   | There is a magic and mystery in the process of writing, but sometimes we lose that feeling when we write for a living or have an idea of writing as only a finished project. In this generative writing class we will use tarot, dreamwork, astrology, automatic writing and hypnosis to generate new ideas and spark our creative minds.

Start from Scratch: Write a Story in 6 Weeks, with Lindsey Crittenden, Oct. 27th – Dec. 1st (via Zoom)

WEDNESDAYS, OCT. 27th – DEC. 1st | In this class, we’ll spend six weeks building stories from the foundation. We’ll celebrate the trouble at the heart of good short fiction. We’ll look at ways to get characters in and out of (or deeper into) hot water. We’ll look closely at short stories that achieve unity of purpose, precision of craft, and an emotional wallop. We’ll explore diverse forms and voices and examine not only how each story builds from the first word to the last but how tightly the structure depends upon – and enhances – our understanding of character.

Writers Who Want to Get Noticed: Online Literary Profiles, with Lyzette Wanzer, Oct. 28th – Dec. 9th (via Zoom)

Lyzette WanzerTHURSDAYS, OCT. 28th — DEC. 9th  | 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? It could well be your online literary presence.

  • Do you have separate social media accounts reserved and used exclusively for your life as a writer?
  • Does your online presence offer evidence that you take your writing seriously, and view yourself as a literary professional, whether established or up-and-coming?
  • When publishers, funders, fellowship committees, and grant panels view your profiles, will they think your presentation is polished? Will they feel your page shows signs of an upward trajectory in your literary accomplishments?

Polish & Publish Your Personal Essay, with Grace Loh Prasad, Oct. 28th & Nov. 4th (via Zoom)

Grace Loh Prasad

Grace Loh Prasad

THURSDAYS, OCT. 28th & NOV. 4th  | Do you have an essay draft that’s almost there, or one that keeps getting rejected that could use some expert feedback? Need a supportive group to nudge you over the finish line and actually send your work out? This personal essay “clinic” will help you finetune your draft for submission and identify potential outlets for publication.

Write Gripping Stories, with Maury Zeff, Nov. 1st – Nov. 29th (via Zoom)

MONDAYS, NOV. 1st — NOV. 29th  |  To be human is to want. And the more the characters we create want things and struggle to achieve those goals, the more emotionally satisfying our stories will be for our readers and audiences. In this class, we will start by considering the following questions:

  • What is it that makes a book so compelling you can’t put it down? 
  • Why are characters like Michael Corleone, Lady Macbeth, and Katniss Everdeen (to name just a few) seared into our memories? 
  • How can we apply that same narrative urgency to our own novels, memoirs, and scripts?

We will answer these questions by looking at the craft of story structure. Using examples from literature, film, and television—as well as a case study in story construction—we will explore how a richly drawn character collides with competing wants, obstacles, and his or her own flaws to make for an irresistible, emotionally resonant narrative.

Write a College Essay the Fun Way! with Lisa Lerner, Nov 2nd – Dec. 14th (via Zoom)

Lisa Lerner

TUESDAYS, NOV. 2nd — DEC. 14th  |  Cheerleading, snake-charming, handholding, and tear-wiping – how do you get your teen to write those dreaded college essays? And WHY is it so dreaded? First, kids are expected to do a type of writing with which they have little to no academic experience. Then, suddenly, their whole life is on the line if they don’t tell the greatest story ever told – in which they are the star! On top of that, they need to reflect on What It All Means and How They Are Forever Changed. Yikes!