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FALL 2018

 

SUBMIT TO LIT JOURNALS
LIKE A PRO

 
Tuesday, September 25
7:00-9:00 p.m.
 
Do you want to submit your stories, poems, and essays to literary journals, but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve already submitted to a few places, but a handful of rejections has you doubting if you’re on the right track. This class will streamline and demystify the sometimes confusing submission process for you. We'll cover researching and targeting markets, formatting work, how to interact with editors, whether to enter contests, decoding vague rejections, and what happens when you get accepted. After this fun and information-packed class, you’ll be ready to charge the world of publishing. (Note: Not for book-length publishing). All levels welcome!
 
FEE:         $70* (includes handouts)
WHERE:  The Corporeal Writing Center
                   510 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland

 

* A limited number of sliding-scale fee slots are available; just ask!

 

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PERFECT YOUR FIRST TWO  PAGES  
How to Keep Your Reader Reading

 
Saturday, October 13
10:00a.m.--4:30p.m.*
  

The first two pages of your story or essay determine whether an agent or editor keeps reading, or sends a rejection. Two pages – that’s all you have to grab their interest! But what makes them turn the page, or hit the “decline” button? Liz Prato will read the first two pages of your manuscript in class and evaluate what’s working, and what might send your piece into the recycling bin. The good news is, you won’t be left hanging. You’ll learn practical tools for sharpening the critical beginning of your piece, using published examples and classroom discussion. This fun and information-packed class is a rare opportunity to get an intimate look at what makes a piece stand out in the submission pile. 

FEE:         $150 (includes handouts)
 
WHERE: The Corporeal Writing Center
                  510 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland
 
SIGN UP:  First 2 Pages
 

THIS CLASS IS LIMITED TO 8 PARTICIPANTS!

 

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Artwork by Clare Carpenter

 

Other popular classes that Liz teaches include:

 

WRITING OUTSIDE THE BOX

All stories and essays are different, so it stands to reason they don’t all require the same structure. Maybe your story is best told through a document (like a birth certificate, or autopsy report), or a PowerPoint presentation, or another work of art, or an owner’s manual, or a series of recipes. In this class, we’ll break out of the standard box and have fun exploring the forms available for telling your best story. The essence of being an artist is exploring not just content, but also form, and this class helps you expand your imaginative boundaries.

 

MASTER POINT OF VIEW
You, Me, and Everyone We Know

Writers often put more thought into the title of their story than choosing their point of view. But POV controls the intimacy, breadth and depth of your story. In this in-depth presentation, we’ll examine modern examples of how POV works in fiction & nonfiction, from the modern classics of Harper Lee, and Alice Walker to contemporary works from Junot Diaz, Jo Ann Beard and Nick Hornby. This talk will open up new worlds that will transform your writing and revising process.

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Liz taught at the revered Attic Writers Workshop in Portland from 2008-2013. She has guest-taught/lectured at The Muse and the Marketplace in Boston, Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, The South Coast Writers Conference in Oregon, Write on the Sound in Washington, and Willamette Writers and Wordstock in Portland. In addition to guest-lecturing from coast-to-coast, Liz teaches 1-day workshops and short classes in Portland.

 

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