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Write Your Artist Statement!

Artist statements are not just for visual artists and performers; in the 21st century, writers need them, too. You will use some incarnation of this statement on your own web page and media account, in personal and project statements for residency applications, and in letters of intent for grant and fellowship applications. Your statement needs to demonstrate that you are a thoughtful, deliberate writer who takes her literary career seriously.


In this one-day class, you will read several statement examples; learn how they are used; and then craft, workshop, and revise several drafts of your own statement. Students will will write, workshop, and revise several drafts until they have a polished statement ready for use.

Building A Career as A Literary Artist starts 1/26/22

The author speaking at the podium at the Mechanics' Institute Library
Speaking at the Mechanics' Institute Library

Do you want to publish your work in journals—or better journals, or paying journals? Would you like to query in a way that won't shut you down before you get started, or submit your manuscript with well-earned confidence? Do you wish to be invited to contribute to festivals and fellowships, win grants, establish a name for yourself, craft nourishing and fruitful professional relationships?


Building a writing career requires both creative and business skills, as it does for any artist. If you are serious about your writing and want to increase your professional opportunities, as much work needs to happen outside of the studio as within it.


Topics will include marketing and PR, applying for literary grants and fellowships, writing a personal statement, creating and using a literary calendar, and learning to present yourself as a writing professional. You will receive a comprehensive packet of handouts to guide you as your career begins to build. Registration is now open! https://writers.com/classes/building-a-career-as-a-literary-artist 

How and Where to Submit Your Work starts 1/25/22

Lyzette at LitCrawl with (L-R, back row) Kathleen McClung, Eileen Malone, Shizue Siegel, and (front row) Li Miao Lovett
Lyzette at LitCrawl with (L-R, back row) Kathleen McClung, Eileen Malone, Shizue Siegel, and (front row) Li Miao Lovett

In a safe, supportive community catering to writers of color, learn how to plan a submissions strategy, create a plan of attack for your work, research markets, and locate the ones that are the best fits for your writing.


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 learn how to plan a submissions strategy create a plan of attack for your work, and learn how to research markets and locate the ones that are the best fits for your writing. Then we will focus on submitting short stories, articles, poems, essays, novel excerpts, and/or creative nonfiction pieces to over 15 markets. In a safe, supportive community, you'll begin by learning proper submission etiquette and protocol, avoiding pitfalls that mark you as an amateur and get your submission tossed onto the "No" pile—before editors have even read it. Book your seat at https://olli.sfsu.edu/courses#fallsession

Writers Who Want To Get Noticed: Online Literary Profiles starts 10/28/21

One of the biggest challenges writers face is getting their work the recognition it deserves. You've been sending your work out—stories, articles, poems, plays—and you know it's good work, but no one's biting. You've applied for grants, travel scholarships, and writers' conference funding, to no avail. You'd love to be invited to present work at Litquake or another high-profile reading series, or to read at a conference. You'd like to publish in literary journals that pay writers, and you'd like to start winning some writing contests. What's the missing link? It could well be your online literary presence. Register at : https://www.sfgrotto.org/events/writers-who-want-to-get-noticed-online-literary-profiles-with-lyzette-wanzer-october-28th/?