Pennwriters Online Class:
August 5-30, 2019
Class Title: A Freelancer Prepares: Publication Workshop
Or send a check to Treasurer, Pennwriters, Inc. PO Box 685 Dalton, PA 18414
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).Share this: