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You’ve written and revised your stories, essays, or poems, and you’re feeling ready-- or at least as ready as you’ll ever be-- to share them with readers. So, where to begin, and what to expect? Instructor Heather June Gibbons says, “The landscape of literary journals is vast, and each journal has its own editorial vision, mix of genres, and submission guidelines. It can seem overwhelming and intimidating to try and figure out how to even approach the process, let alone engage in it.”
This half-day online class will introduce you to the nuts and bolts of literary journal publication, including how to decide where to send your work, prepare your manuscripts for submission, write a cover letter, and use online submission management tools like Submittable, as well as insight into how submissions are considered and editorial decisions are made.
Heather says, “In addition to publishing my own work widely in literary journals, I have behind-the-scenes experience running a journal, and I’m excited to offer you both perspectives. I’ll also share helpful strategies for staying organized and motivated in the process so you can develop the kind of sustainable, ongoing submission practice that will lead, over time, to publication success.”
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Sore Songs and Flyover, and her poems appear widely in literary journals. She received an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Callen Graduate Scholar, and she has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. An award-winning instructor who has taught at a number of universities, she teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, and in the community.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, October 10, 10:00am-1:00pm
Heather was great, professional, polished, and I appreciated learning all the details and minutiae about submitting for publication.