The Path to Publishing Your Fiction (with Joy Baglio) - ONLINE
This informational class with former West Branch associate editor and PVWW Founder-Director Joy Baglio will cover everything you need to know related to publishing short stories and flash fiction - whether you're brand new to the process, or have been in the submission trenches without much luck for years. We'll talk about the different publishing pathways available, the submissions process in general (including the different kinds of literary magazines out there), strategies for submission, what editors care most about, getting your work to stand out in the slush pile, dealing with rejection, and what happens after an acceptance. We'll also briefly touch upon the book publishing process as well, including querying, agents, and when and how this can relate to publishing short fiction. We'll also discuss the importance of clarifying our publishing goals, and how to formulate a plan, including methods of organization that can make a big difference. Come with any and all questions related to these topics. You will leave with a complete and thorough understanding of the lit mag/short fiction publishing landscape, all your questions answered, as well as a large "handout" (PDF) of resources and information covered in this class. Informational, lecture-based, with Q&A time. Class size: 20 spots.
WHEN: Saturday, October 23 (1 - 3pm EST)
WHERE: Online via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
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.
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ONLINE SESSIONS happen remotely, via Zoom video conference. All you need is a laptop, computer, or phone with functioning audio and a webcam. Those who RSVP receive directions and a link to "join" the session via email (please see above note about receiving the Zoom link). All online instructors will log on to the video conference a few minutes before the start of the session, so please plan to log on early if you'd like assistance! We'll do everything in our power to help you get comfortable with the Zoom format, though we are not able to offer technical assistance beyond basic Zoom orientation.
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.