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SUBMIT! How to get your work out there with Kate Maruyama
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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.

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.

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What the House Has to Say: Memoir as Poetry with Michael Passafiume
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What the House has to Say: Memoir as Poetry

Now you hear what the house has to say.
Pipes clanking, water running in the dark,
the mortgaged walls shifting in discomfort...”

– from “Insomnia” by Dana Gioia

Each of us has a story to tell, a poem waiting to be written. Perhaps, like me, you survived a traumatic childhood; perhaps you survived one that was idyllic. Maybe yesterday brought you an unexpected moment of self-discovery on your way to the grocery store; maybe it was the same mind-numbing trip you’ve made countless times before to the same store whose aisles you could navigate blindfolded. And, even if it was the latter, I’m willing to bet something happened – perhaps not externally but internally. Think back...what was it? The point is: we are all walking autobiographies, and every moment of every day adds to our histories.

4-Week Class

CLASS OBJECTIVES

The primary goal of this course will be to compose poems based on childhood and adult memories and experiences. Along the way, we’ll discuss assigned readings, analyze various techniques and approaches to autobiography/memoir in contemporary poetry, and take a closer look at the usage of “me, myself and I” in the work of select authors of poetry and creative nonfiction (e.g. memoirists). Students will complete weekly exercises based on different poetic forms, such as the prose poem, the epistle poem and the dramatic monologue poem.

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER

Week 1: Just What is an Autobiographical Poem Anyway?

Let’s find out! We’ll read several examples of autobiographic poems, as well as an essay on confessional/autobiographical poetry. Students will write their first poem and post it for peer and instructor feedback.

Week 2: Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

Writers have enough on their collective plates – from making the time to write to quieting those pesky inner critics. If we start worrying about who’s going to read what we’ve written and, by extension, who might be offended by it...well, we’d never get any writing done. Students will write a second poem and post it for peer and instructor feedback.

Week 3: Let’s Have Some Fun…with the Dramatic Monologue

One of the keys to writing a good dramatic monologue (or comedic, for that matter) is nailing down a speaker’s voice: we’ll focus on unearthing one of those voices this week. Students will write a third poem and post it for peer and instructor feedback.

Week 4: This Really Happened to Me (On Second Thought, Maybe it Didn’t)

Just because this is a class about autobiographic poetry doesn’t mean we’re writing exclusively about ourselves or that everything we’re writing is “true.” Students will use the epistle (e.g. “letter”) form to write their final poem and post it for peer and instructor feedback.

Strongly Recommended Text:

The Poet’s Companion– Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux: This book is an excellent resource for poets and includes essays on craft, as well as numerous writing prompts and exercises (a few of which we’ll be utilizing in class).

Recommended Texts:

Although not required reading, the books below are great starting points, chockfull of rich storytelling and lean heavily toward autobiography (in fact, the book by Nick Flynn is a memoir).

Lucifer at the Starlite– Kim Addonizio

The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems– Billy Collins

Birth Marks– Jim Daniels

All-American Poem– Matthew Dickman

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City– Nick Flynn
What the Living Do – Marie Howe

What Work Is– Philip Levine

ABOUT MICHAEL PASSAFIUME:

photo credit: Rachael Warecki, CameraRAW Photography

Michael Passafiume is a Brooklyn, NY-based writer whose work has appeared in Black Heart MagazineDrunk MonkeysMadHat LitMeat for Tea and The Subterranean Quarterly, among others. His chapbook, archipelagos, was published by Blue Hour Press in 2015. A graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles’ MFA in Creative Writing program, he also holds a BA in English and an MA in Theater from Binghamton University. Michael is currently at work on his first novel, All the Wrong Choices for All the Right Reasons.

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All Jokes Aside with Michelle Mikolajczyk
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There’s nothing funny about poetry. Poems should bring out a poet’s deepest, darkest emotions – pining over unrequited love, troubled childhoods, and living a life that could be curtailed by death at any moment.

Most of us have been taught that the topics above are what make a good poem, but what about the other sides of human experience: laughter, embarrassment, or petty regret? They make pretty great topics for poems too, once the poet escapes the minefield of comedy riddled with clichés ready to blow your credibility to smithereens. 

Don’t worry, there’s an app for that… or a 4-week crash course complete with a 3-step program: 1. Explore and evaluate effectiveness of humorous poems in contemporary visual and spoken settings. 2. Understand and discuss what forms of humor are appropriate and manageable in the short form. 3. Construct a serious but funny poem.

4-Week Course

September 15, 2014 - October15, 2014

 

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Build 'Em Up Write with Ren Knerr
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Strong characterisation and believable characters are vital elements to any good story. While there may be myriad number of different plots a writer can use alongside any type of chosen genre, this alone won't necessarily make a story interesting, nor keep a reader engaged. In order to create work that stands out from the crowd, writers must come up with compelling and memorable characters. It doesn't matter if they're good or bad or in between, characters must be built up so that they seem REAL.

4-Week Course

September 15, 2014 - October 15, 2014

 

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"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Creating Memorable Dialogue with Erin Gessell
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Dialogue is tricky. It often sounds stilted and unnatural. Characters can go off on tangents and rants and lose an audience. This course will focus on writing dialogue that can drive a story and develop character both with what is being said and what is happening between the lines. 
 

4-Week Course

October 1, 2014 - October 31, 2014

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My name is Erin Darby Gesell. I am a writer, personal trainer, triathlete, yogi, and lover of chocolate, puppies, and all things fictional from Omaha, Nebraska. My emphasis in Creative Writing is in the Young Adult genre but I have also written for a few women’s blogs and non-fiction magazines.

I write because the best worlds I have ever traveled to have been those in stories. If I could create a book that even just one reader never wants to end, then all the hours at my desk are worthwhile. I write because my characters are real people waiting to be born, waiting for me to give them a voice. Even the nasty ones.

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