Publishing 101

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Getting your fiction, non-fiction, and poetry out into the world can be a daunting and difficult business, whether you’re trying to land a book contract or get your work into the literary journal of your dreams. However, there are things you can do to increase your odds and make the process more efficient. This workshop will cover the basics of how to find appropriate venues for your work, how to think outside the box and increase possible markets for what you’re writing about, what a query letter looks like, whether you need an agent, and what you need an agent for. Come prepared to take notes and ask questions from an author who’s also worked in the publishing industry!

About Aaron Hamburger

Aaron Hamburger is the author of the novels Nirvana is Here and Faith for Beginners, nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. He was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his story collection The View from Stalin’s Head. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Poets & Writers, and Tin House among others. He received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.

Teaching style: As a writing student once himself, one of the things Aaron has learned over the years is that a writing career is a lifelong process that transcends any particular work. When he reads student writing, he's not only looking at how to improve the work at hand, but also trying to figure out which tendencies of word choice, characterization, detail, etc. need encouragement and which ones need sharpening.

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