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Why is getting published the best kept secret in the literary world? Why do some authors feel successful while others languish? For writers poised to publish poems, articles and stories as well as those with completed manuscripts or book proposals, this online class will provide a strategy for success.

Instructor Joan Gelfand says, “During our three hours together, we will concentrate on three of the Four C’s of successful authors: Commitment, Community and Confidence. You will learn why it is critical to employ these tenets into your writing practice BEFORE submitting your creative work. We’ll discuss your publishing challenges, query and cover letters as well as review important components of successful book proposals.”

After this half-day class, each participant will have:

  • The start of an individually tailored cover/query letter
  • Tips on creating a writing community and becoming a respected literary citizen
  • A plan for creating a winning "writer's resume"
  • A plan for overcoming confidence challenges
  • A toolkit for fiction, nonfiction and poetry book proposals.

The goal of “You Can Be a Winning Writer” is to design a work plan and strategy for success that includes submissions, community building and delivering a finished product.


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 hello@writingsalons.com.



    Joan Gelfand is the author of You Can Be a Winning Writer: The 4 C’s of Successful Authors: Craft, Commitment, Community and Confidence, published by Mango Press. Joan’s publications also include three poetry collections, an award winning chapbook of short fiction and a forthcoming novel set in Silicon Valley. Her reviews, stories, essays and poetry have appeared in literary journals and magazines including the Los Angeles Review of Books, PANK!, Rattle, Prairie Schooner, The Toronto Review, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. A member of the National Book Critics Circle and a juror for the Northern California Book Awards, Joan has been teaching the “4 C’s” approach at conferences and in classrooms for over ten years.

  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, July 10, 10:00am-1:00pm
  • This class was a friendly reality-check for publishing hurdles. I appreciated Joan's ability to connect with each person's project goals and give them concrete next steps.

    Melissa F.


Saturday, July 10, 2021
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Event Category:


Online (SF Zoom)
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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