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CW 74 — Professional Empowerment for Writers: Pitch, Promote, and Fund Your Creative Writing

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Apr 8—Apr 15
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 1
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $265
Instructor(s): Kristina Marie Darling
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Apr 8—Apr 15
2 days
Refund Date
Apr 1
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Kristina Marie Darling
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Many aspiring authors are familiar with the idea of securing an agent as a means to getting published. However, obtaining an agent is just one route to success in writing. There is a diverse range of opportunities for writers, regardless of whether they've been published. These include not only monetary grants but also artist residencies and fellowships, which offer funding as well as dedicated time and workspace. Unfortunately, many writers miss out on these valuable resources simply because they are unaware of where to locate them or feel daunted by the application process.

This workshop will walk poets and fiction and nonfiction writers through the basics of researching grants, fellowships, and residencies, writing convincing pitches, and crafting applications. We will address such topics as the fine art of pitches, personal statements, project proposals, choosing a compelling work sample, tailoring a resume toward specific opportunities, effectively spreading the word about books and events, and building a creative portfolio. We will also touch upon how to promote creative work in order to discover an appreciative audience. Students will leave the workshop with a packet of resources for researching residencies and discovering grants, sample application materials, and new strategies for presenting their work to decision-makers in the literary arts.

Editor-in-Chief, Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of 39 books. An expert consultant with the US Fulbright Commission and a twice-awarded Fulbright scholar, her work has also been recognized with 10 juried residencies at the American Academy in Rome, where she has also served as an ambassador for recruitment; three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet and the Howard Moss Residency in Poetry; and a 2024 Villa Lena Foundation fellowship. She has taught at Yale, the American University in Rome, and The New School.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.