Boost Your Writing Career: Practical Strategies (with Lyzette Wanzer)

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?

You can’t rely on talent alone; you need practical tips to help you advance your literary career. Designed specifically for Bay Area writers of all levels, this course covers a portfolio of strategies for building your audience, marketing your work effectively, and promoting yourself more efficiently so that you can earn that grant, get that piece published, or win a residency award. Through this hands-on, interactive curriculum, you will learn:

  • Where to get informed about funding, publication, contest, and presentation possibilities
  • How to create an effective, high-quality package that presents you as a serious writer for grant panels, residency juries, M.F.A. programs, and competitions
  • The essentials of creating a polished, literary presence on LinkedIn
  • Practical and informative examples of community engagement
  • How to promote yourself like a professional—not an amateur

The truth is, the professional side of your writing practice is just as important as the creative side. Now get the tools and practices you need to advance your writing career.

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

Lyzette Wanzer is an Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Mills College.  Her work has appeared in over ten literary journals and books. Lyzette has been awarded six writing residencies and four grants.


Number of sessions: 3

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Dates: Tuesdays, June 13, 20, 27

Course fee: $170

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