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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Getting Your Work Out There

No Longer Enrolling

  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

As writers of nonfiction and memoir begin to imagine publishing some of their work, they will begin to hear more about "building a platform." This term is something many want to run from–what does it have to do with the artistic process and why should it matter? There is of course no requirement that writers publish, but if they want to, it helps to have some literary credentials that help get their work noticed by agents and/or publishers.

There isn't one way to build a platform and it doesn't need to be tortuous. This class will provide information and fun with a myriad of suggestions and ideas, as well as a conversation about expectable disappointments along the way and how to keep moving forward to begin to develop a literary resume. We will cover strategies for getting your work out there, using Submittable, pitching essays, reading journals, finding writing communities, and tackle the question that plagues so many of us: to Tweet or not to Tweet? You'll leave this class feeling less overwhelmed and hopeful that this process can actually be fun.

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

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.

Scholarships Format/Location

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

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!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!