Begins Saturday, July 31, 2021
Live Seminar Via Zoom 11AM – 3PM EST
*Attend the live seminar without pitch feedback for $75 or select the option to receive pitch feedback and a one-on-one consultation with Lisa for $100. Both options are available in the drop down menu. If you choose the consultation option, your individual meeting with Lisa will be scheduled after your registration is complete.
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This four-hour workshop is for writers who want to publish a short piece: short fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. You may be actively submitting work, or this might be the first time you pitch or submit a piece—and yes, we will cover the difference between pitching and submitting. You will see pitches and submissions that worked and get advice from a veteran who has been in your place as well as across the desk, working as an editor.
This also means this workshop is for writers who are ready for rejection, as the writing life is full of it. We will review some pitches that didn’t land and decode rejection letters. The stresses of submitting work can be daunting, and we’ll talk about how to keep your energy up and attitude positive as well as some ideas for pushing forward in the face of defeat. The wonderful truth about writing is there are many potential homes for it: sometimes you just have to do a little research to find the best fit.
The goals for the workshop are to discuss the mechanics of getting published, including writing a cover letter, crafting an author bio, and writing a pitch or summary of a piece that catches an editor's eye. We will discuss the where, why, and how of submitting your work, with the goal of students leaving the workshop with clear ideas about how to present their work and resources to find possible venues.
Even if you have never submitted before, please come to the workshop with a piece or pitch in mind. You’ll leave the workshop with the following:
- A draft of a cover letter
- A draft of an author bio
- Lots of materials about the submission process, including actual pitches that worked and strategies to deal with rejection
- And confidence about how to best approach and work with editors
“What a gift! Lisa shared useable information in a workshop that both engaged and empowered. The 4-hour format was the perfect vehicle for the treasure trove of tools, experience and perspective she shared. I am so glad I took it.” —DENISE O,
“Lisa Levy’s class, Pitch to Publication, was tremendous. She provided so many resources I’d never heard (and I thought I knew a lot!) Her concise, honest, and generous critique of my pitch was terrific. I instantly where I needed to improve it, and hadn’t seen it prior. Amazing how insightful she is. I highly recommend her class and anything she teaches!” —LISA M.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class will meet via Zoom on July 31, 2021 from 11AM - 3PM EST
If you choose the consultation option, your individual meeting will be the week following the seminar. These will be scheduled after your registration is complete.
Instructor: Lisa Levy
Class Starts July 31, 2021
Course is fully ONLINE and will meet via Zoom.
Instructor Lisa Levy is a writer, essayist, and critic. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the New Republic, the LARB, the Believer, the Millions, the Rumpus, TLS, the CBC, and Lit Hub, where she is a contributing editor. She is also a columnist and contributing editor to Crime Reads. She has an essay in the collection Talking About Pauline Kael and one in the forthcoming anthology Dating & Sex: The Theory of Mutual Self-Destruction. She is pursuing an MFA in nonfiction writing at Goucher College and working on a collection of linked essays about chronic illness and cultural ideas about life narrative, progressive time, and futurity, as well as a critical study about women and crime fiction. Aside from reading, writing, and squeezing in some reality TV, Lisa collects all sort of things: MOD dresses, varieties of Cadbury Dairy Milk bars, etiquette books, dated essay anthologies, Lilli Ann coats, and old copies of the Partisan Review. She posts a dress of the day on social media; Instagrams her night reading; eats her chocolate and loves her coats (none of which are really warm enough for Canada). Lisa moved from New York City to Toronto in the summer of 2019. She lives with her husband and their Basset hound, Daisy, in the Leslieville neighborhood in Toronto. She considers herself an amateur Canadian. Read her work here.