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

Minding Your P's and Q's: Publications, Querying, and Understanding "The Industry"

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

Whether you've been writing for years or you've just begun to consider publishing, the workings of "the industry" can feel a little opaque. Suitable for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in short and long forms, this seminar seeks to serve as an introduction to the many routes toward publication.

What outlets are available for publishing short pieces? What are best practices for writing a cover letter? A query? What's the role of a literary agent? What's the difference between a small press and an imprint? What happens once a book is accepted for publication? What's the difference between "traditional" publishing and self-publishing? This seminar will cover everything from literary journals to publicists. We will also use short in-class exercises to begin developing your own a cover letter, bio, and query.

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. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

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!