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Workshops

How to Apply for Creative Writing Grants 1/25/2020

This workshop is open to writers who are considering applications for--or wish to learn about--writig grants, fellowships, scholarships, or residencies. Many writers aren't aware of the many different types of funding opportunities available to them. More information and workshop registration is now available.

Create a Professional Literary Resume 1/18/2020

Ready to elevate your writing career to the next level, but not sure how to present your background in an appropriately professional fashion? Whether you have a long list of publication credits or just a few, you need a literary resume that both adheres to professional standards and encourages panelists, editors, and reviewers to learn more about your work. Register for this San Francisco workshop.

One Month to a Kick-Ass Literary LinkedIn Profile, 9/11/19 - 10/2/19

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LinkedIn is a social media marketing tool that writers often overlook. It's a very powerful networking tool that offers a lot for us, and in the Bay Area, is one way to accelerate your success. Learn how to maximize LinkedIn to increase your audience, reinforce your funding applications, meet the Bay Area's literary movers and shakers, and open opportunities for reading, conference invitations, and publishing. In this workshop, learn how to:

  • Prepare a profile that marks you as a professional, rather than a hobbyist
  • Promote yourself and your work by harnessing LinkedIn's full features
  • Network with author organizations that help to spread news of your work to wider audiences
  • Use your profile to enhance your grant, residency, and writing conference applications
  • Learn the power of LinkedIn's Groups

A laptop, notebook computer, or iPad is required for this workshop. Enroll now before seats fill; the last workshop sold out! 

How & Where to Submit Your Work, 10/26/19 - 11/23/19

Writers, it's time to set aside the bevy of excuses about why you're not sending your work out to journals, newspapers, magazines, and contests. In this boot camp-style workshop, you'll focus on submitting a maximum of two short stories, articles, essays, and/or creative nonfiction pieces to 15 markets in just five weeks (poets should be prepared to submit a group of three to five related poems.) In a safe, supportive community, you'll begin by learning proper submission etiquette and protocol, avoiding pitfalls that mark you as an amateur.

  • Learn where to locate legitimate, respectable markets, including literary journals, contests, and grants
  • Become proficient in navigating the publication landscape
  • Get practical tips on formatting professional submissions
  • Find out what the most popular submission platforms are and how they make your life easier
  • Write your author bio
  • Create a Research Collection Sheet to identify individualized markets
  • Select and use a professional submission tracker

This workshop is designed for committed writers who have one or two finished, polished pieces (three to five pieces for poets) of 5,000 words or less that are completed, proofread, and ready to send out for publication. A laptop, notebook computer, or iPad is required for this class.


Register to reserve your seat.

Create a Professional Literary Resume 6/22

Ready to elevate your writing career to the next level, but not sure how to present your background in an appropriately professional fashion? Whether you have a long list of publication credits or just a few, you need a literary resume that both adheres to professional standards and encourages panelists, editors, and reviewers to learn more about your work. When done properly, this resume helps you:

  • land funding for your writing projects
  • get invitations to present work at conferences
  • obtain reading opportunities
  • present a strong residency application
  • get editors' and publishers' attention
  • be taken seriously as a writer, and not a hobbyist

Bring your laptop, and leave with a shiny new resume that makes your accomplishments--whether large or small--stand out! Registration is open until seats fill.  

Noon - 4pm

How to Apply for Creative Writing Grants 7/27

**SOLD OUT**

 

This workshop is open to writers who are considering applications for–or wish to learn about–writing grants, fellowships, scholarships, or residencies. Many writers aren't aware of the many different types of funding opportunities available to them. Or they think they've got to have a book out, or a long list of publication credits, before they can apply for grant money. That's just not true.

 

This workshop will cover:

  • the best places to locate opportunities
  • the dreaded Project Statement, Work Plan, or Goals and Objectives question
  • how to demonstrate a rising trajectory (remembering that most people who are awarded grants are on their way up, not already there)
  • using headings and "buckets" to make your statement navigable
  • how to craft clear, concise personal or "artist" statements (leave this class with a completed first draft in hand!)
  • why the marketing angle is so important
  • creating an effective literary resume (you'll have a nice new one at the end of class!)

This is an intensive hands-on workshop; laptops, tablets, or iPads are required. Register at (415) 393-0101 or TEdwards@MILibrary.org

10:30am - 4:30pm