LIVE TO WRITE:
A PROGRAM SERIES FOR STUDENTS PURSUING A Full-Time CAREER IN WRITING
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 elements of a writer’s portfolio like the bio, artist statement, and submission cover letter. Within the writing community that we establish together, 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 our work from the page to the world where it belongs.
This program is designed for students who have a significant 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. You do not need to have an MFA or the intention to enroll in an MFA for this program. All writers are welcome!
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 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.
In the four-week session, students will learn how to prepare themselves for working with an agent, publicist, or talent agent. Guest speakers will include representatives from those fields who will offer insights into how to write a query letter, package a manuscript, research and work with agents/publicists/talent agents, build promotional items and more.
Students will meet on Sundays starting at 3pm PST for a 1.5-2 hour discussion with seminar leader, Dr. Raina J. Leon. Through this course, students will be exposed to a number of literary leaders representing a diverse clientele.
At the end of this course, students will be invited to submit a single query to each of our partner literary organizations. Our literary guest speakers will grant these queries a priority reading past the normal 'slush pile' of submissions.
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 learning more about the business that supports your work. That includes how to fund a book tour, how to craft a book trailer, and the fundamentals of crafting a campaign to support a new project.
Students will meet at the beginning of each course week starting on Sundays at 3pm PST for a 1.5-2 hour discussion with seminar leader, Dr. Raina J. Leon. She will frequently be joined by expert guest speakers and a former student within the Live To Write program. In preparation for our discussions with guest speakers, we work in accountability partner pairings to read a book sample of their work, discuss it, and then prepare questions so we can make the most of our time with our guest speakers. Students will continue in their assignments over each week and practice through asynchronous support in the online learning community.
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.
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