Persistence helps in having your essays published, but the persistent mindset applies equally to overcoming the naysayers in publishing as it does to the naysayer which exists inside of you. ~ C. Flanagan Flynn
Do you want to make publishing your personal essays a priority? Does it feel like writing is so time-consuming there’s little energy left to submit your writing to publications? In this workshop, we’ll learn how to persist and polish your personal essays. To persist on your path to publication and the many obstacles you’ll encounter on your way to earning bylines.
You’ll tackle reviewing your writing from all angles—as a reader, writer, and editor. This approach will lead to learning useful strategies to uncover your desires as a writer, your readers’ wants, and an editor’s needs when considering your submissions. You’ll learn valuable shortcuts to find potential homes for your essays: newspapers, literary magazines, online venues, podcasts, or maybe even storytelling events.
You’ll learn from a self-professed introvert how to persist against and through writers’ fears. Namely the fear of doubting your writing, the fear of rejection, or perhaps you’ll slay—or tame—a fear of public speaking and find yourself sharing your personal story on stage in front of an audience. Though public speaking is not the workshop focus, persisting in the face of fear and obstacles is. You’ll also learn how redirecting your fears into your passion will drastically improve your personal essays, making them infinitely more engaging, compelling, and publishable.
C approaches her writing and publishing with an entrepreneurial mindset. She helps her students discover opportunities they might not otherwise unearth. Thinking creatively about navigating a crowded marketplace has led C to rewarding opportunities as a magazine columnist forInkling Magazine, Founding Editor of Centered Magazine, and as a Writer in Residence at a venue named in 2018 by Yankee Magazine as New England’s top new cultural destination.
Many of C’s students have earned international and national publishing bylines as a result of her workshops. The recent shortlist of student acceptances in publications includes MacGuffin Magazine, The HitchLit Review, Inkling Magazine, Centered Magazine, and The Hartford Courant.
C founded Centered Magazine with the sole purpose of providing publishing opportunities for the many talented writers she meets and teaches. She and her staff are working on pulling together Centered Magazine’s inaugural issue which debuts this spring.
C. was the former managing editor of Brain Child, a literary magazine, where she read several hundred freelance submissions each month.
3 Sylvan Road South, Westport
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 1