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Art of the Query Letter: How to Woo an Agent from the Slush Pile with Lilly Barels
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| Led By September 11 - September 25, 2017
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So, you wrote a book and now it's waiting to be on bookshelves. If you aren't planning to self-publish and the owner of Penguin Random House isn't your cousin, then you probably need a literary agent. Join me for this 2-week crash course that'll get you down and dirty with the elusive query letter. We'll use real examples that worked--including mine! And create a plan of action for taking your query into the world of literary agent slush piles. 


(P.S. if you aren't sure what the heck a slush pile is, I'll be sure to explain that too).

September 11 - September 25, 2017

2-Week Course

CLASS OBJECTIVES

-- Complete a final draft of a query letter
-- Understand how to find the right agent for the manuscript being queried
-- Recognize when to query
-- Create an action plan for the querying process
 
Learning Activities:
-- Research/read successful query letters and understand why they work
-- Write a complete query letter
-- Share query drafts with peers to discuss strengths and opportunities for growth

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER

Week 1:
-- Read real samples of successful query letters
-- Become familiar with the essential paragraph structure of a query letter
-- Write the first draft of a query letter
-- Trade queries with other students and provide/receive feedback
-- Start the query action plan
Week 2:
-- Understand the slush pile of a literary agent's inbox
-- Identify three agents that the student would like to query
-- Discover the general process of querying, which includes setting realistic expectations regarding the email process and receiving manuscript requests
-- Complete the final draft of the query letter
-- Complete the query action plan
 

ABOUT LILLY BARELS
 

A decade after receiving her BS in neuroscience from UCLA and being named Valedictorian, Lilly decided to pursue her true passion for writing and received her MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2014. She resides on Oahu as a full-time mother of two sandy children and a part-time writer of three novels. Lilly enjoys being an active member of the SCBWI and incorporates avocado into every possible meal. She is represented by Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary Agency. Connect with Lilly on Twitter @lillybarels

 

Learn from the Best: Redefining the Personal Essay with Andrea Tate
$99.00
September 11 - September 25th, 2017
Learn from the Best: Redefining the Personal Essay with Andrea Tate
$99.00
| Led By September 11 - September 25th, 2017
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CLASS DESCRIPTION

In this two- week generative essay writing class, we will look for inspiration in work from some of the best personal essayists while investigating the current climate of the personal essay. Using in-class prompts, you will write the first draft of your own essay. Over the course of two weeks, we will discuss what makes a successful personal essay while reading the essays of Roxanne Gay, Joan Didion, Annie Dillard and John McPhee. Dinty W. Moore’s book Crafting the Personal Essay will also be referenced though out our two weeks. At the end of the class, all students will be have written a personal essay and received feedback from their instructor and their peers.

2-Week Writing Course

September 11 - September 25, 2017

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER:

Week 1: 

Identify what are the elements of a successful personal essay

Discuss the current writing climate of the personal essay  

create a first draft of personal essay

Week 2: 

Write a second draft of a personal essay

Peer review essays

Instructors feedback on personal essays

Submission ideas for personal essays 

ABOUT ANDREA TATE

Andrea Tate is an adjunct writing professor at Antioch University, Santa Barbara. Her essays have appeared in the Huffington Post, Role/Reboot, A Daily Dose of Lit, andBleed. Andrea’s story “You” was published in the anthology Extract(s) in 2014, and is part of a memoir currently in progress. Andrea is an award-winning theatre director and an advocate for theatre arts in early education. She teaches acting and nonfiction writing workshops for Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. Andrea received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University Los Angeles. 

 

SUBMIT! How to get your work out there with Kate Maruyama
$99.00
September 25 - October 9, 2017
SUBMIT! How to get your work out there with Kate Maruyama
$99.00
| Led By September 25 - October 9, 2017
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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Every time we run this class, students get published!

You can write and write and get better, but unless you submit your work widely, it might never meet its readers. Submitting your work takes courage, persistence and knowhow. So many people give up after one or two rejections. Learn how to effectively submit your fiction, non-fiction, poetry and articles to literary journals, online journals and other publications.

September 25 - October 9, 2017

2-Week Class

CLASS DESCRIPTION

In a two week intensive course, I’ll walk you through the submission process for fiction, non-fiction and poetry, from scouting websites and journals to how to get over yourself, move past the rejection process and use submission for what it is: just another everyday part of the business.

CLASS OBJECTIVES

*Learn the ins and outs of literary journals, what they look for and how they work

*Create your own list of journals or publications open to your kind of work

*Submit a piece (or several pieces) of your work at least five places

*Obtain the tools to keep submitting on your own well into the future

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER

Week One: The Lay of the Land

We’ll discuss what’s out there publication-wise: the ins and outs of various types of journals and various types of submissions and we’ll create a plan for what you want from your work as you send it out in the world.

You’ll become acquainted with Duotrope, which will help you navigate the world of literary journals and will help you in your submission plan. (note this service costs $5.00 to be paid to DuoTrope) You will also learn how to keep track of where you submit your work and how to gauge editors’ responses.

Week Two: Submit!

I’ll walk you through query letters, submission letters, how to approach editors and how to see the positive in rejections. You’ll submit at least five places and finish class armed with the tools and knowledge to keep getting your work out there as you forge forward in your writing career.

ABOUT KATE MARUYAMA

Kate Maruyama's novel HARROWGATE was published by 47North. Her short work has appeared in Arcadia, Stoneboat, Whistling Shade and on Salon, Duende, The Rumpus among other journals as well as in two anthologies: Winter Horror Days and Phantasma: Stories. She teaches in the BA and MFA programs for Antioch University Los Angeles as well as for Writing Workshops Los Angeles and the inspiration2publication program. She writes, teaches, cooks and eats in Los Angeles where she lives with her family.

 

Your Voice Inside the Picture: Poetry with Adrian Ernesto Cepeda
$99.00
| Led By September 25 - October 9, 2017
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“That you are here…that life exists and identity. That the powerful [picture] goes on, and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

— Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society

This two-week workshop is geared towards writers who are eager to explore the art of writing poetry by using Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr as a spark of visual inspiration. If you are visually inspired by photographs and artwork, then my class is for you. We will learn the craft of ekphrastic poetry, taking those images from your cell phone, bookmarks and social media feed, and reflect your impressions on the page by using the art of poetry. 

2 Week Online Writing Course

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course writers will be able to:

  • Draft, revise and edit a skillfully crafted ekphrasis poem
  • Research using the internet, bookmarks and social media feed by finding sources, posts and photographs that will inspire their work
  • Engage in drafting, revision and learning how to share and give feedback on their poetry.
  • Explore new and more challenging strategies on embracing your personally unique social media universe for writing poetry.

Week 1:

The first week we will learn the various types of ekphrastic poems by looking at verses inspired by famous photographs and paintings. We will also discover how posts, photographs and your daily interactions on your social media feed (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest) can inspire your poetry. In addition, students will collectively compose an ekphrastic poem together as a group writing exercise. By the end of week 1, students will begin locating photographs and paintings from their social media feed and start crafting drafts of their first individual ekphrastic poems.

Week 2:

Not only will students begin posting photographs and paintings from their unique social media feeds, they will start posting drafts of their ekphrastic poems based on their personally selected images. The class will respond to each poem by giving positive feedback and assisting one another in crafting the most effective ekphrastic poem. In addition, by the end of week 2, a collection of student’s work will be featured on Inspiration2Publication’s blog.

At the completion of our two-week workshop, the goal will be to have you embrace the creative glory of crafting an ekphrastic poem. Remember that your internet social media universe is unique to you. Use those posts and photographs as inspirations to spark your new verses. Douglas Adams said it best: “Everything you see or hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.”

Your voice will always be inside the picture. Focus on the page and write the verse that reflects the picture of you. 

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is an LA Poet and a graduate of the MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and their cat, Woody Gold. His poetry has been featured in The Yellow Chair Review, Frontier Poetry, The Fem, The Wild Word and he has three poems included in the 2016 anthology of Los Angeles Poets: Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles.

To date, Adrian has over two hundred poems published in over a hundred and fifty different publications.  One of his poems was named the winner of Subterranean Blue Poetry’s 2016 "The Children of Orpheus" Anthology Contest and two of his poems “Buzz Me” and “Estranged Fruit” were nominated for Best of the Net in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Adrian also had one of his poems “Longing for Our Airport Reconnections” featured in Shinpei Takeda’s Poems of Arrival for the Inscription Installation Exhibit at the New Americans Museum in San Diego, California.

You can connect with Adrian on his website: https://www.adrianernestocepeda.com/

 

Let's Write a Short Story with Natalie Truhan
$199.00
October 9 - November 6, 2017
Let's Write a Short Story with Natalie Truhan
$199.00
| Led By October 9 - November 6, 2017
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“When seriously explored, the short story seems to me the most difficult and disciplining form of prose writing extant. Whatever control and technique I may have I owe entirely to my training in this medium.”~ Truman Capote, interview to The Paris Review.

 

October 9 - November 6, 2017

4-Week Writing Course

This course will take you from story inception to a finished draft through several stages of revision. Along the way, you will learn elements of a short story. Our goal is creating a story that, as the writer Michael Swanwick put it, “is like a knife–strongly made, well balanced, and with an absolute minimum of moving parts.”

I want you to become a radical explorer of your story and its possibilities. I will encourage you to approach your story from different angles, striving to better understand your artistic intention and ways to realize it. 

The course is designed for writers of fiction who want to explore a structured approach to developing a traditional story, as well as for writers of creative nonfiction and poetry who want to delve into writing short fiction.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this course, the students will be able to:

• identify the initial idea for a short story;
• develop a short story by exploring point of view, characterization, timeline, sensory detail, imagery, and more;
• share their work in progress and provide feedback which will help their peers write the best possible story.

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER: 

In Week 1 we will learn to identify the protagonist and the story.

In Week 2 we will do what Antonya Nelson calls “putting a clock on the story”.

In Week 3 we will explore theme and imagery.

In Week 4 will do something crazy and discuss what’s next for your story.

LEARNING ACTIVITIES:

• Writing exercises: Each week students will complete writing assignments that will take their stories from the initial idea to the finished draft.

• Share work and provide feedback in discussion forums: Students will post their writing and give feedback on each other’s work.

• Assigned readings: Students will read assigned short stories and discuss them in forums to develop a better understanding of elements of short fiction.

• Progress discussions: Students will be encouraged to discuss their progress and reflect on their process.

ABOUT NATALIE TRUHAN: 

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Natalie received her MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is a former Translation Editor of The Lunch Ticket literary journal. She lives in Los Angeles where she writes fiction and translates poetry. Connect with Natalie on Twitter or on Instagram.    

 

Introduction to Fiction
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Introduction to Fiction

Learn the basics of fiction and start working on a short story or a novel in this recurring course taught by one of our fiction instructors. 

inspiration2publication offers this 4-week online workshop on a regular basis when we get at least three students to sign up. Let us know if you want to take this course with your writing group! 

Sign up using the form below to be notified when we offer this workshop next time! Email all your questions to i2p@antioch.edu

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