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Submitting & Publishing: Parts I and II (This seminar is full!)
April 6, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm EDT
Instructor: Liza Taylor
$30 Members | $32.50 Nonmembers
Saturday, 4/6/19 | 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
These back-to-back mini-seminars may be taken separately or together.
Part I – Getting Noticed: Submitting your work (10:30 AM – 12:00 PM)
Here at WriterHouse we’re taught to be better writers, but it’s up to us to get our work out there and learn how to be writers in the world. So, you might be wondering, how will I know if I’m ready to try submitting?
Liza will share her own experience and methods for finding the right places to submit your short stories, novel excerpts, creative nonfiction and poetry. She’ll also discuss entering contests, applying for workshops and fellowships, and pursuing an MFA in writing. Applicable to all genres, this seminar will cover researching places to submit, preparing submissions, writing an effective bio and cover letter, and how to keep track of it all. Allison Wright, Executive Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, will be on hand to answer questions.
Part II – I’ve finished writing my book, now what? (1:00 PM – 2:30 PM)
As they say at the Publisher’s Clearinghouse, “If you don’t enter, you can’t win.” Finding an agent for your manuscript isn’t a lottery, where if you buy enough tickets, one might hit. This seminar will discuss preparing book manuscripts for submission, researching literary agents, writing and formatting a query letter and synopsis, submission strategies and dealing with the whole harrowing process from submission to acceptance, to awaiting publication and self-promotion. Applicable for all writers seeking traditional book publication. Bring pen and paper or laptop and we will craft an “elevator pitch” and a “hook” for your work.
Liza Nash Taylor is the author of two historical novels forthcoming in 2020 and 2021 from Blackstone Publishing. She recently completed the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and was named a Hawthornden International Fellow for 2018. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Microchondria II(a flash anthology published by the Harvard Bookstore), Bluestem Magazine, Rum Punch Press, The Copperfield Review, Seven Hills Review, Gargoyle Magazine #66, Deep South Magazineand others,and is forthcoming in The Four Elements Anthology of Short Fiction, 1932 Quarterly and Loch Raven Review. One of her short stories won the San Miguel Writer’s Conference Fiction Prize in 2016.