“The Business of Writing Toolbox” Online Class Package
January 9 2021 - January 30 2021$196 – $436
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$196 for members
$436 for nonmembers
This is the perfect package for any writer looking to jump-start their career as a writer. From submitting to literary journals, applying to fellowships and residencies, to the agent search and beyond, writers will find themselves better equipped to take on the publishing world after these four classes. Everyone who purchases the package will get access to an exclusive Q&A session with the package instructors and they’ll get the chance to meet their fellow cohort in a virtual meet-up.
Before purchasing, be sure to check the dates. As always, there are no refunds on classes.
Each class can be purchased individually by clicking on the class title.
Can’t make it every Saturday?
No worries! All registrants will have access to the class recordings for the entire month of January, plus an additional week.
“The Straight-Up Skinny on How to Submit to Literary Journals” with M.M. Adjarian
Saturday, January 9, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST
Getting work into journals is a great way to begin building your literary credentials. But writers new to the submissions game are often mystified – even needlessly daunted – by the process. Where do you go to find out which journals are accepting work in your genre? How do you present your work to editors? And what happens on the way to an acceptance?
In this class, you’ll learn about submissions best practices through a guided tour of the major online platforms to use when submitting and in-depth discussions of the submissions process that include details on:
- locating markets
- writing cover letters/bios
- formatting documents
- submission etiquette
The class will also offer tips on:
- how to increase your chances of acceptance
- what to expect after you’ve submitted
- how to read editor responses
- The class is intended for any writer who has material to submit…or just wants the straight-up, no-bull skinny on the journal submission process.
“Starting Your Publishing Journey” with Diane Zinna
Saturday, January 16, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST
“Applying to Fellowships and Residencies with Confidence” with Faylita Hicks
Saturday, January 23, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST
Every writer could benefit from a little space and some dedicated time to improve their craft. In this workshop, we’ll learn how you can get both!
Make this the year you get yours. Emerging and mid-career writers are encouraged to join this 3-hours class in which we will:
- Identify and navigate free and paid resources that regularly update opportunities to apply to fellowships and residencies.
- Learn several tips to improve your resume and CV for creative projects—even if you haven’t published yet!
- Prepare for the five most commonly found sections on applications.
- Learn how to develop a creative project proposal that will stand out from the crowd.
- Discuss how to choose and edit a creative sample for the application.
We’ll look at well-known fellowships like the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the Logan Nonfiction Fellowship, the Writing for Justice Fellowship, Creative Capital, TED Fellows, Princeton’s Hodder Fellowship, the American Academy in Rome Prize, and more.
Some well-known residencies we’ll discuss include the MacDowell Residency, Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, the Radcliffe Fellowship, Bellagio Residency Program, Sesame Street Writers Room, and others.
Participants will leave with sample outlines, examples of winning proposals, an application plan, and a calendar of upcoming state and national opportunities, delineated by genre and level of experience.
“The Agent Search: Tips, Tricks, and Timeless Advice” with Becka Oliver
Saturday, January 30, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST
Join a former literary agent for an informative, candid, no-holds-barred class on finding the ideal agent for you—and how to navigate the relationship once you’ve found that perfect match. This class will cover everything from where to get your industry news, how to dentify the most promising agents to approach for representation, the pitfalls that lead to rejection, catching an agent’s eye with your query, asking the right questions, and most everything in between.
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HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.
If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email WLT Program Director Sam Babiak at email@example.com if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.
HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK:
Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one week after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE.
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This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.