LIVE TO WRITE:

A WORKSHOP SERIES FOR STUDENTS PURSUING A Full-Time CAREER IN WRITING

OVERVIEW

This program interrogates what it means to live as a writer, which includes incorporating a daily practice of writing and learning to read the literary world. We will explore the importance of presentation to success in this realm, including key elements of a writer’s portfolio like the bio, artist statement, and submission cover letter. Within the writing community that we establish, we will assemble and offer feedback on submission packets. We will write, submit, praise and challenge one another in the craft, support one another in social media and learn strategies for getting your work from the page to the world where it belongs.

This program is designed for students who have a full body of work and a strong interest in continuing their growth in the writing profession through publishing, fellowships, residencies, and/or an MFA or alternative writing program.

To clarify, this program will NOT include editing or formal workshopping. Instead, this program is focused on moving work that is polished and completed to the final stages of publication or other arenas in the writing profession.

DURING THE PROGRAM

To receive the most from this workshop series, we recommend students take both our four-week session and our eight-week session, as each session complements the other and fully equips the student for success in the literary world. 

PART ONE

In the four-week session, students will learn how to prepare themselves for working with an agent or publicist. Guest speakers will include literary agents or publicists who will lead workshops on how to write a query letter, package a manuscript, research and work with agents/publicists, build promotional items and more. 

Students will met at the beginning of each week for a 1-2 hour discussion with seminar leader, Dr. Raina J. Leon. Through this course, students will be exposed to a number of literary agents or publicists representing a diverse array of clientele.

At the end of this course, our students will be invited to submit a single query to each of our partner literary organizations. Agents or publicists will grant these queries a priority reading past the normal 'slush pile' of submissions. 

Click here to view the syllabus for Part One.

PART TWO

In the eight-week session, participants will be guided through the significant pieces to include in a working writer's press kit as preparation for applying for residencies and grants; writing, submitting, and tracking new work; and ultimately doing learning more about the business that supports your work.  That includes how to fund a book tour, how to craft a book trailer, and how the fundamentals of crafting a campaign to support a new project.

Students will meet at the beginning of each course week for a 1-2 hour discussion with seminar leader, Dr. Raina J. Leon. She will frequently be joined by expert guest lecturers. Students will continue in their assignments over each week and practice through asynchronous support in the online learning community.

Click here to view the syllabus for Part Two.


Financial Aid

We offer substantial scholarships to students based on need. Over 60-70% of our students receive partial to full scholarships for our programs. If you intend to apply for financial aid, please fill out the last three questions on the application. Please be mindful of other students when applying for assistance.

DATES AND TIMES FOR THE PROGRAM/LECTURES ARE LISTED ON THE APPLICATION.


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