In this group we spend the first 1/2 hour or so talking about a particular aspect around the work of getting our writing into the world. 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?
-Editing work into publishable form
-Query letters and submission letters to literary journals and other publications
-Applying for grants, fellowships, residencies
-Managing our limited resources to figure out which journals to support, where exactly to submit
Each week, we’ll discuss a different topic for about 20 minutes. We’d then spend an hour working quietly on these submissions. The last half hour would be spent checking in about what we did, how we are feeling. We all need support around this issue. We will remind each other how good our work is and how worthy an endeavor to continue to put it out in the face of (the inevitable) rejections. We’ll remind each other it’s a numbers game, not a meritocracy.
-a craft book, All Together Singing in the Kitchen: Creative Ways to Make and Listen to Music as a Family, Roost Books/Random House, 2011
-a self-help book, How to Be an Adult, Leveler Press, 2008, revised Mercy House 2013
-“Blueprint” a short story, J Journal 2022
-“The Use of the Brahms Scherzo in The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner,” Maine Review, 2022
-Water Music: Sixty-six Renowned Musicians from Around the World Celebrate Water in Words and Music, Marjorie Ryerson, University of Michigan Press, 2004 (“Snow”)
–The Good Mother Myth: Refining Motherhood to Fit Reality, Avital Norman Nathman, ed. Seal Press, 2014 (“The Good Enough Mother”)