Saturday, March 31 from 9 am to noon
Tending the Work is now full! Many thanks to everyone who registered. If you're interested in this workshop but could not make it this time, please let me know. I'll be looking at more dates and can keep you posted.
Tending the Work
A hands-on submissions workshop on how to prepare your writing for publication and find a good home for your words. Open to writers who have written with Voice & Vessel in a writing circle, workshop, or one-on-one session.
As we go deeper into the writing journey, many of us reach a point where we feel a mix of curiosity and anxiety about publishing our work. You may know that you want to publish but aren't sure where to begin. You may wonder whether your words are ready to submit or whether you're ready for your voice to be out in the world. Tending the Work is a three-hour workshop devoted to this unique part of the process. It will help you explore questions such as:
- How is publishing part of honoring our creative work?
- Where and how can you find a good home for your writing?
- How do you know when a piece is ready to submit?
- How does the process really work? What are the nuts and bolts?
- How do you know what's "normal" in terms of responses, rejections, waiting for replies from publishers, and so on?
Tending the Work will be a mix of teaching and hands-on learning about the submissions process. We’ll talk about the nuts and bolts of offering work for publication, especially to literary magazines (where many writers get their start). All voices and forms of writing (e.g., poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrids of those) are invited.
I’ll share my favorite tools, along with handouts, tips, and more goodies to take home. In keeping with the spirit of Voice & Vessel and the Amherst Writers & Artists Method, Tending the Work is not just about the rules or technicalities of publishing. My hope is that it will be an encouraging space to connect to your writing practice and prepare to share your voice more publicly. This workshop is as much about nurturing you as a writer as it is about the ins and outs of getting published. You’ll be invited to:
- Embrace the submissions process and publishing as a catalyst in the creative process, rather than a challenge.
- Learn what to expect at each step in the journey, from researching good homes to the initial submission to celebrating acceptance and understanding rejection.
- Prepare your work for publication, with tools and guidance to get started.
- Try out tools to research places to send for your writing, submit your work, and track the submissions process.
All writing styles and experience levels are invited, from those who are curious about how to publish to those who are actively submitting work. Please note that this workshop does not include generative writing time, reviews of work-in-progress, or one-on-one coaching. It does include three hours of hands-on guidance and thoughtful support, plus a toolkit of handouts, literary magazines, and other goodies to spark your submissions journey!
About Your Guide
Tending the Work is rooted in my own practice of preparing my writing to go into the world. Much of my early confidence with publishing came from hearing other writers speak candidly about their process, so I want to offer the same kind of honest and down-to-earth guidance in this workshop.
I’ve written for publication for 20 years, moving through the different seasons we often face as writers: from uncertainty and fear of submitting to active submission and celebration of completed pieces. To me, publishing is not just about getting exposure for the work or getting a byline. It’s about finding a good home for the writing and honoring our craft. At its best, I believe publishing helps our writing find kindred spirits and create new connections.
My journey as a published writer began as a correspondent for blue jean magazine, with some of that writing later being syndicated by Knight-Ridder Tribune. Since then, my prose and poetry have appeared in New Poetry from the Midwest, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, An Alphabet of Embers, Rust+Moth, Menacing Hedge, The Manifest-Station, and elsewhere. I'm also at work on what I hope will be my first book, which received an honorable mention in the 2017 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize. Learn more about my writing journey.