Full Sail University provides faculty with the unique opportunity to present courses on whatever we want. Yes, it’s more complicated than that, but when you get down to it, if you love something enough, you can teach it, and they let us. If you know me you know I need an environment like this in my life forever.
Taking advantage of this, in February a colleague and I smashed our brains together to design a series of six courses on publishing, all of which have been approved and scheduled starting in March. This is a huge deal for a number of reasons, and the idea that I get to teach what I love still freaks me out. Hell, the fact I got to schedule a classroom freaked me out (in a good way, of course).
We’ll be focusing on things like how to write effective query letters and cover letters, how to format submissions in various genres, how to organize/manage your submissions, etc. We’ll also be providing tons of time to write, because these submissions aren’t going to write themselves. I’ve been producing poetry and art pretty exclusively for about a year, so I’m going to use the quiet time to research and write an essay or two of my own. There—I’ve said it, so now I have to do it.
If you identify as a writer, it’s so important to write, revise, and send your work out into the world. I’ve said this before, but very few things make me as sad as talented people with writing collecting ethereal dust in a Dropbox folder. We’ll be providing workshops to help break this habit. In order to “practice what I preach,” I sent out ten submissions yesterday. It’s as hard to find the time for that as it is to find the time for anything, so you have to be a wizard and make time.
We’ll also be introducing everyone to as many literary journals and publishers as possible. It’s so important to know what’s out there to make sure that your work is a good fit before you send it out. That’s another thing I’ve been doing more of lately. I’m comfortable with sending individual pieces to literary journals, but I’m really digging around to find the right places to send my nonfiction and poetry manuscripts. If you know me and my writing, send suggestions my way!
Our course series is called Publish Now! If you’re a Full Sail person, come listen to us geek out. If you’re not, feel free to talk to me about any of this stuff. I sincerely hope that everyone that attends finds luck, and whenever I hear of a submission acceptance from anyone, I’m going to post about it.
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