1 Saturday, January 28, 10am-4pm
$130 members/$145 non-members  

Class is closed.

Want to be taken seriously as an author, even though you have yet to publish the Great American Novel or place an article in The Atlantic? You need to learn to treat your writing—poetry, fiction, nonfiction—as a business.

Instructor Lyzette Wanzer says, “Believe it or not, one of the best ways of getting the literary world to notice you is to manage the less-sexy aspects of your practice. That means realizing that writing is a business, not just an art. Marketing is a critical, often overlooked aspect of our craft.”

Lyzette will introduce you to several habits that will enable you to boost your writing career. In this one-day workshop, you will:

  • Discover how to connect with the Bay Area literary scene to develop local, regional, or national opportunities
  • Write several drafts of the dreaded—but all-important—Artist Statement (yes, authors need these, too, not just visual artists)
  • Polish up (or begin!) your LinkedIn profile
  • Learn to harness professional free and low-cost tools to help track your writing output, submission markets, contest entries, and grant applications
  • Develop a literary calendar
  • and much more

You will need an iPad, tablet, or laptop for this seminar-style class.

Lyzette Wanzer is an Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts. She has taught at San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, San Francisco Writers’ Conference, the Mechanics’ Institute Library, and Mill Valley Library. Her work has appeared in Callaloo, Tampa Review, The MacGuffin, Ampersand Review, Pleiades, Flashquake, Glossalia Flash Fiction, International Journal on Literature and Theory, and others. She is a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2012) and 642 Tiny Things to Write About (Chronicle Books, 2015). Lyzette is the recipient of grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Creative Capacity Fund, and writing residencies in New York, Oregon, Nebraska, Virginia, Arkansas, and Alberta, Canada. She is currently at work on Jaywalking, an essay collection.

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