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

Publishing the Story Collection

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

How often do you hear that agents and publishers are not interested in story collections? Writers are commonly advised that their creative energies would be best spent on a novel (tell that to Alice Munro!). While writers seeking publication for a story collection might face particular challenges, a great many short story collections are, year after year, published, many to acclaim, some successfully launching the author's career (Laura van den Berg, Jennine Capó Crucet, Molly Antopol, and Mia Alvar come to mind). In this three-hour intensive, we'll demystify the path from finishing a collection to securing publication. Via lecture, discussion of resources provided, and Q & A, we'll outline the options available to writers of collections. Topics will include researching agents, drafting an effective cover letter, the small press landscape, book contests, and how to build an audience for short fiction. You'll leave the class with a deeper understanding of the publishing landscape, a packet of resources, and a plan for how to proceed with your own collection.

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!