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You Can Be a Winning Writer: How to Get Published, Grow Confidence and Build Community$165.00San Francisco

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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 class will provide a strategy for success.

Instructor Joan Gelfand says, “During our three weeks 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 three weeks, each participant will have:

  • An individually tailored cover/query letter
  • Tips on creating a writing community and becoming a respected literary citizen
  • 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.



    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. Wednesday, May 13, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Wednesday, May 20, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Wednesday, May 27, 7:00pm-9:30pm


Thu, May 14 @ 2:00 am
Thu, May 28 @ 4:30 am
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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.

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 provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

Due to extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, we are open to addressing cancellations on a case-by-case basis.

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