Pitch to Publish Zoom Seminar, starts April 17th, 2021
Begins Saturday, April 17, 2021
Live Seminar Via Zoom 11AM – 3PM EST
Open to All writers!
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This four-hour workshop is for writers who want to publish a piece. You may be actively submitting work, or this might be your 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 and revision 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 catching an editor's eye. We will discuss the where, why, and how of submitting your work, with the aim of students leaving the workshop with clear ideas about presenting work and resources to find possible venues.
You’ll have a draft of a cover letter, know what to include in an author bio, and be confident in how to approach and work with editors. Please have a pitch or a piece in mind and come ready to share it with your fellow writers.
"I did a workshop on writing about pop culture. I really loved the course. You get out of it what you put in. My instructor, Lisa, required a lot of readings, and you obviously don't have to do them, but the whole point of doing one of these is to learn by doing the work. If you don't shortchange yourself, these can really be a great avenue to get feedback on your writing. 10/10 would do again." -Dustin H.
"The Pop Culture writing class with Lisa Levy was absolutely wonderful! I didn't even really care about pop culture when I started, but found myself so engaged with the class and the discussions, the readings and the writing. Lisa is really very good at pop culture. And she's wonderful at pushing you in a good direction without really telling you where to go. A gentle nudge that gets you thinking, basically, and then you're off to the races. I would highly recommend this class if you have any interest at all in pop culture writing. The Wet Ink platform that Writing Workshops uses is pretty coo, too." -Rachel H.
This class will meet via Zoom on April 17th, 2021 from 11AM - 3PM EST
Instructor: Lisa Levy
Class size limited to 12 writers
Class Starts April 17, 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.