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Sunday, May 3 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Yes You Can: The Business of Writing FULL

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You hone your poem into a masterpiece, and now it’s ready to send out to the world.

• Where will you send it? How do you select the best places to present your work from thousands of literary markets?
• What do you need to know about copyright?
• How do you write a bio? A cover letter?
• What are the best tools to manage submissions?
• What about literary contests?
• How do you market yourself as a writer?

Through discussion, examples, and handouts to take home, participants in this workshop will gain necessary knowledge and skills to manage their written work and more effectively navigate the publishing world. Time will also be spent on the value of marketing your work, not by hiring a publicist, but by being an engaged member of the writing community and using standard publicity tools like print and social media.

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Valerie Lawson

Program Manager, Cobscook Community Learning Center
Valerie Lawson’s work has been published in Main Street Rag, BigCityLit, About Place Journal, and others with work forthcoming in The Catch, American Arts Quarterly, and Ibbetson Street. Lawson’s first book, Dog Watch, was released in 2007. Lawson won awards for Best Narrative Poem and Spoken Word at the Cambridge Poetry Awards and was a finalist in the 2013 Outermost Poetry Prize. Lawson co-edits Off the Coast literary journal and teaches... Read More →

Sunday May 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hawthorne Pickman Room

Attendees (30)

Waitlist (10)