Publishing Short Fiction in Literary Magazines (with Joy Baglio) - ONLINE
This informational class with former West Branch associate editor and PVWW Founder-Director Joy Baglio and author and Epiphany Editor-in-Chief Rachel Lyon (who will join us for two hours as a special guest) will cover everything you need to know related to publishing short stories and flash fiction. We'll talk about the different pathways available for those who wish to publish in literary magazines, the submissions process (including the different kinds of literary magazines out there), what editors care most about, getting your work to stand out in the slush pile, dealing with rejection, and what happens after an acceptance. Writers will have an opportunity to receive feedback (in class) on the first paragraph of a submissions-ready piece. For those new to submitting/publishing short fiction, as well as those who've been submitting for a while who want a deeper look at the process. Come with any and all questions related to these topics. Informational, lecture-based, with Q&A / feedback time. Class size: 15 spots.
Pre-Class: Please email the first paragraph of a piece of short fiction you plan to begin submitting (no more than 120 words) and would like quick, editorial comments on as well as reader-feedback from the group, to Joy at email@example.com before Wednesday, 4/13.
WHEN: 2 Hours: Saturday, April 16 (1 - 3pm EST)
WHERE: Online via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
JOY BAGLIO founded Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop in 2016, after moving to Northampton MA. Her short fiction has appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She's the recipient fellowships, scholarships, and grants from Yaddo, The Elizabeth George Foundation, Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences, Vermont Studio Center, The Speculative Literature Foundation, and Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and her writing has been recognized by numerous contests and awards, including the Ploughshares' Emerging Writer's Contest (Honorable Mention) and the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. She's a former associate editor at the Bucknell University's literary magazine, West Branch.
RACHEL LYON is the author of SELF PORTRAIT WITH BOY, which was a finalist for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award. Her short work has appeared in One Story, Longreads, and Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, among other publications. Rachel is the Editor-in-chief of Epiphany and a fiction instructor for Sackett Street Writers Workshop, Catapult, and elsewhere, she lives in Brooklyn NY and Ashfield MA.
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REFUND & CREDIT POLICIES AT PVWW
If you withdraw from a workshop ten days or more before the start of the class: You'll receive full credit toward another workshop OR a full refund. If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive a refund minus 20%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We are not able to offer you credit toward another class or any refund, unless in the case of a medical emergency, or if we are able to fill your spot. If you are absent on the day of your workshop or miss it for any reason, we are unable to offer any kind of refund. If we have to cancel a class for any reason, you will receive a full refund, or if you choose, credit in the amount of your payment, to be used for any future PVWW class. Anyone who does not specify whether they would like a refund or a credit for a cancelled class will automatically be refunded. Please contact Joy (email@example.com) for all matters concerning credit and refunds.