Pennwriters Online Class:
August 5-30, 2019
Class Title: A Freelancer Prepares: Publication Workshop
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Instructor: Timons Esaias
- 3 lessons per week, most involving microassignments that help get your act together
- optional submissions for instructor critique and feedback
Description: This will be a boiled-down version of Esaias’s highly successful one-semester course for Seton Hill University undergrads — Publication Workshop. The plan is to give you all the elements that a freelancer uses to become a successful submission machine. The idea of submission can be intimidating, and our goal is to get you through the first steps. The approach is very nuts-and-bolts. We hope to have participants actually submitting work for publication during the month; or soon thereafter.
*Remember, submission is the key to publication.
The first week we’ll address the basics: the basic fiction template (for short or long fiction), cover letters, and the submission logs you’ll need to keep track of where everything is. We’ll try our three-line bios. The essential writer’s tool — the notebook — will be praised and honored. We will mention the SASE, despite its near-extinction. A flash fiction may be submitted for critique.
The second week we’ll talk about building your market lists, while also handling poetry templates and cover letters. (I’ll make a case for at least trying poetry, if only for language practice. Whether or not you want to publish is up to you.) We’ll take a whack at the 50-word bio. A poem may be submitted for critique.
The third week will focus on non-fiction: the essay or article. Query letters will be discussed, as will the 12-word pitch. We’ll discuss and practice evaluating a market. We’ll also face down the 100-word bio. An essay or short article may be submitted for critique.
The fourth and final and end-of-everything-that-went-before week we’ll set up your Submittable® account, and discuss the book proposal and the one-page, single-spaced selling synopsis. We’ll take up the important topic of Learning to Say NO.
Post-apocalypse, we’ll discuss some other forms of publication like bumper stickers, buttons and T-shirts. We’ll set your rates for the various freelancing jobs. We’ll answer questions, and discuss “Hunting where your game lurks.”
Along the way we’ll share favorite first lines, first paragraphs, and favorite poems (which includes song lyrics, for they are poems).
- Acquire the basic toolkit for freelancing: templates, bios, pubhis slugs, business email, etc.
- Acquire knowledge about how to publish in magazines, anthologies, books or the Internet
- Set up your Submittable® account (which is like other submission engines)
- Craft your bios: 3-line, 50-word, 100 word
- Ways to create your own market lists, because all our market lists are different
- Strategies for logging submissions, to avoid screwups
- Instructor critique and feedback
About the Instructor: Timons Esaias is a satirist, writer and poet living in Pittsburgh. His works, ranging from literary to genre, have been published in twenty languages. He has also been a finalist for the British Science Fiction Award, and won the Asimov’s Readers Award. His story “Norbert and the System” has appeared in a textbook, and in college curricula. His SF short story “Sadness” was selected for three Year’s Best anthologies in 2015. Recent genre appearances include Asimov’s, Analog and Lightspeed. His full-length Louis-Award-winning collection of poetry — Why Elephants No Longer Communicate in Greek — was brought out by Concrete Wolf. His poetry publications include Atlanta Review, Verse Daily, 5AM, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Willard & Maple, Asimov’s Science Fiction and Elysian Fields Quarterly: The Literary Journal of Baseball. He is Adjunct Faculty at Seton Hill University, in the Writing Popular Fiction MFA Program.
His freelancing experience, beyond the short stories and poems, includes several years as a faux news satirist in newspapers, primarily the Bugle in South St. Louis, and The Observer in Pittsburgh. He’s also written essays, edited musical performance programs, copyedited, revised scientific papers, including secret work for [redacted].
He has taught the writing of popular fiction novels at Seton Hill University’s MFA program since 2002, and his students are publishing so much he can’t afford to buy the books. He taught undergraduate courses for ten years, including creative writing classes, and the Publication Workshop course that this workshop is based on. More than 90% of the students who took that course got at least one acceptance during the course of the semester; and almost all the remainder got an acceptance in the following months. (Seton Hill teaches the writing students quite well, so Tim only takes credit for getting the students to polish and submit.)
Email & Links:
contact email: Wordcraeft@timonsesaias.com
web page: www.timonsesaias.com
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