Advance Your Literary Career (with Lyzette Wanzer)

Lyzette Wanzer




MONDAYS, JULY 2 —30  |  Want to be taken seriously as an author, even though you have yet to publish the Great American Novel or place an article in The Atlantic? You’ll have to learn to treat your writing—poetry, fiction, nonfiction—as a business. Believe it or not, one of the best ways of getting the literary world to take you seriously is for you to manage the less-sexy aspects of your practice. That means harnessing professional free and low-cost tools to help you track your writing output, keep tabs on your submissions, initiate valuable contacts with fellow authors, learn the websites on which you should appear (and why you should appear there), and more.

  • Learn a more efficient way to manage your credentials, recommendation letters, and writing samples so you’re always ready for grant, MFA program, and residency applications.
  • Learn tools to help you track all the markets for your writing, as well as the status of all the manuscripts you’ve sent out to each market–without resorting to spreadsheets, lists, and handwritten records.
  • Explore the optimal websites for locating and researching writers’ residencies that are suitable for you.

A laptop, notebook computer, or iPad is required for this class.

Lyzette Wanzer, MFA, is a San Francisco author, editor, and writing workshop instructor. Her work appears in over twenty literary journals, and she is a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie), The Naked Truth, Essay Daily, and the San Francisco University High School Journal. She is a two-time San Francisco Arts Commission, and a three-time Center for Cultural Innovation, grant recipient.


Number of sessions: 5

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Dates: Mondays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Course fee: $340

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