Virtual Spring Immersion: Focus on Submissions


May 22, 2021

Join Nerissa and a panel of acclaimed writers to focus on your writing and how to bring it to the next level. Panel will feature Jehanne Dubrow, Rosanna Gargiulo and Naomi Shulman. We will discuss the ins and outs of submitting your work for publication. Panel is from 12-1pm. A full day of exercises, prompts and time for writing and revision.

9am-5pm EDT


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May 22, 2021!

Join Nerissa and a special panel of amazing writers in every genre for a day-long Zoom Immersion focused on preparing a short piece for submission to literary journals or print publications. Participants will have a full day to focus on their projects. The submissions panel will be from 12-1 pm, EDT.  The panel will feature poet, essayist and professor Jehanne Dubrow, Rosanna Gargiulo, editor of the Maine Review, and Naomi Shulman, whose work has been published in The New York Times, Real Simple, Yankee, Cognescenti and more. (See bios and photos below).

Here are the details:
9am-5pm EDT.
Once you’ve signed up and paid, you will receive the Zoom link.
-9am start, with intros and setting intentions for the day. Nerissa will give a short talk to get us going for the day, a prompt and an exercise (based on the answers to a survey I’ll send out after payment is received). There will be opportunities for generative writing, revision and/or crafting a premise or log line. Who is your intended audience? What does your work need to allow it to shine from the slush pile?
10:30-optional body movement break!
11:55 break for lunch/panel. Panelists will each talk about their own journey to success as a professional/published writer, and talk about the submission process for their genre and what it did for their career. There will be time for a Q&A. If desired, we can also spend some time on creating tracking methods for submissions.

1pm- Nerissa will check in with retreatants to hear how the morning went, answer questions, give a new prompt and exercise.

Then, we will have another swath of writing time.
3:30 or 4pm (depending on how many writers we have)-share work.
5pm-last thoughts and goodbyes.

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of nine poetry collections, including most recently Wild Kingdom (Louisiana State University Press, 2021), and a book of creative nonfiction, throughsmoke: an essay in notes (New River Press, 2019). Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, Colorado Review, and The Southern Review. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Texas.

Rosanna Gargiulo lives in Maine with her family and the perfect number of dogs (six, in case you were wondering). She has received the Larry Brown Short Story Award and Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize and placed in contests at Southword and Raleigh Review, among others. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Tahoma Literary ReviewNew South, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Bacopa Literary ReviewRiver Teeth’s Beautiful Things, and elsewhere. She is the Editor of The Maine Review and holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Naomi Shulman‘s work has appeared in print, online, and on air at The New York Times, The Washington Post, Yankee, Real Simple, Ladies’ Home Journal, Full Grown People, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and New England Public Media. She is currently at work on Give Thanks, a sequel to her bestselling book for children, Be Kind (Storey Publishing, 2019).

Additional information

Retreat Day

Full day of supported writing plus hour long panel.

Panel Only

This allows purchaser to attend the noontime panel plus 3 hours of supported writing time.


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