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Publishing Skills for Writers 4-Week Zoom Workshop with Kathy MacMillan, Starts Wednesday, May 1st, 2024
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$557.00

Publishing Skills for Writers 4-Week Zoom Workshop with Kathy MacMillan, Starts Wednesday, May 1st, 2024


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Begins Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

Class will meet weekly via Zoom on Wednesdays, 6:00pm EST - 8:00pm EST

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Led by Kathy MacMillan (she/her), a writer, editor, instructor, nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and signing storyteller. She writes picture books (including The Runaway Shirt and the Little Hands Signing series from Familius Press), children’s nonfiction (including She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World from Familius Press and Super Cities!: Baltimore from Arcadia Publishing), middle grade fantasy (the Chronicles of Cavallon series under the pen name Kim Forester), and young adult fantasy (Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin, both HarperTeen).

Being a successful writer is more than just creating great books – it also means navigating submissions and the publication process and communicating clearly and professionally with everyone from agents to editors to publicists to bloggers.

In this series, we’ll cover techniques for effective agent and publisher research, the nitty-gritty details of formatting your manuscript for submission (with detailed demos), and best practices for communicating professionally in a digital world, including writing effective query and cover letters, following up on submissions, dealing with emotionally charged topics, communicating with publishing professionals, and how to stand up for yourself in writing without being a jerk.

Assignments will allow you to practice these skills and receive detailed instructor feedback.

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1 Focus: So You Want to Publish: An Overview of Markets and Resources

Week 2 Focus: Formatting Your Manuscript for Submission

Week 3 Focus: Professional Communication for Writers

Week 4 Focus: Putting it All Together: Creating a Road Map to Your Goals

COURSE TAKEAWAYS:

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Identify the publishing avenues and resource that best fit their goals.
  • Describe and demonstrate standard manuscript formatting.
  • Demonstrate effective techniques for communication with publishing professionals.

ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:

This class meets weekly via Zoom. Come prepared for a super fun class with live interaction on Zoom each week and plenty of writing, reading, and talking!

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Instructor: Kathy MacMillan
  • Class Starts Wednesday, May 1st, 2024
  • Course is fully ONLINE and will meet weekly on Wednesdays via Zoom at 6:00pm EST - 8:00pm EST

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

Instructor Kathy MacMillan (she/her) is a writer, editor, instructor, nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and signing storyteller. She writes picture books (including The Runaway Shirt and the Little Hands Signing series from Familius Press), children’s nonfiction (including She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World from Familius Press and Super Cities!: Baltimore from Arcadia Publishing), middle grade fantasy (the Chronicles of Cavallon series under the pen name Kim Forester), and young adult fantasy (Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin, both HarperTeen). Her debut novel, Sword and Verse, was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award. She has also published eight resource books for educators, librarians, and parents, including 5 volumes in the bestselling Storytime Magic series from ALA Editions. Kathy has served as both mentor and Mentorship Program Coordinator for the Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and was co-Regional Advisor for 5 years. She lives in Baltimore, MD. Find her online here.