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Want to be taken seriously as an author, even though you don't yet have extensive publications or a meaty CV? 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 surest ways of opening greater opportunities for your work is to manage the not-so-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 three-week workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Increase your profile within the Bay Area literary scene to develop local, regional, or national opportunities
  • Write the dreaded-but all-important Artist Statement (yes, authors need these, too, not just visual artists)
  • Present a professional presence, both on paper and online
  • Harness free and low-cost tools to help track your writing output, submission markets, contest entries, and grant applications
  • Develop and use a literary calendar to build results for yourself and your work.

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



    Lyzette Wanzer is a San Francisco writer, editor, and creative writing workshop instructor. 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 over 20 literary journals. She is a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2012), The Naked Truth, and San Francisco University High School Journal. 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.


  1. Monday, November 27, 7:00pm-9:00pm
  2. Tuesday, December 4, 7:00pm-9:00pm
  3. Tuesday, December 11, 7:00pm-9:00pm


Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
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San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Refund Policy

There is a cancellation fee of 15% included in each registration. The Writing Salon will not issue a refund if a cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the class start time.

The Writing Salon cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

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