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Short Story Publishing Intensive for BIPOC Writers

10 Mondays from 6:30pm-9:30pm (EST), starting March 6th
Online: Zoom
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Level: Advanced
Adult (18+)
This class is full

This capstone workshop is for BIPOC writers of various intersectional identities who have previous workshop experience, as well as a short story that has been extensively revised.  This workshop will help BIPOC writers navigate the publishing side of writing, which has historically marginalized the voices of BIPOC writers.

During this workshop, you will add the finishing touches to a single short story that has been significantly revised as well as write an effective cover letter. Through critical workshops of your manuscript, visits from guests who have extensive publishing experience, and professionals from the publishing industry, you will gain knowledge of publishing standards and trends that may help to increase the probability of your manuscript being accepted for publication. You will work with your classmates and the instructor to identify specific publications and/or contests to submit your short story. The class will engage in a submit-a-thon event at the end of the workshop. You will work with classmates and the instructor to identify specific publications and/or contests to submit your short story. 

When filling out the application, please submit the story you plan to work on in this workshop (6,000 word maximum).

Important dates:

The application deadline is Monday, February 6th. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.

The payment deadline for admitted students is Monday, February 20th.

Please note: Class does not meet Monday, April 17th.

To apply, please click the red "SEE DIRECTIONS TO APPLY" button in the top right corner of this page. This application will ask you to detail your workshop experience. It will also ask you to upload a 5-10 page writing sample. When filling out the application, please submit the story you plan to work on in this workshop (6,000 word maximum). Please make sure this writing sample is in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, and in 12-point font. For tracking purposes, your name should appear in the file name (e.g. Smith.Memoir Title.Submission). You can also track the status of your application in your Grubstreet profile. Please make sure your application is complete before you finally click "APPLY." If you have any technical difficulties filling out this application, please email [email protected]. You will receive a confirmation email once our system has received your submission.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

Please note: In order to be eligible for acceptance into an advanced class, you must submit an application via the “See Directions to Apply” button above. You can then submit a separate scholarship application via the “Apply for Scholarship” button. We cannot consider applicants who only fill out a scholarship application without applying to the class itself.

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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Rolando Lopez
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