Congratulations to our new Masters of the Fine Art of Writing! Lee Douglas, Cristine Emerson, Jordan Hosmer, Trevor Roe, Bill Sharpe, Terry St. Clair, Jazmine Lampley, and Lynn Wynen-Chamberlain walked across the stage today, and Thai Kaewkaen did an outstanding job as the graduate student speaker.
Brooke Christina Bartlett Glenn Arden Bruce Juan Sebastian Cornet Jennifer Elizabeth Cunningham Donald Lee Douglas III Cristine Joan Emerson Adrian Aaron Fort Jordan Joseph Douglas Hosmer Jeannette M. Landon Jennifer Lee Marcus Kristina C. Mottla Wayne Howard Palmer Cynthia A. Roby Trevor Shawn Roe Jason Christopher Rubin Peter L. Schmidt Chryssa Diane Sharp Terry L. St. Clair Jazmine Marie Williams Lampley Lynn Wynen-Chamberlain
Commencement Address by Bill McClellan, Senior Columnist, Post-Dispatch
Students may send Beth class choices now to reserve spots, and then she will register students on November 17 in the order of emails received. If a class fills, Beth will create a wait list. Classes that fill early may be offered again in the spring. Winter quarter begins January 6 for on-campus clusters and January 12 for online classes. Winter quarter ends March 28. Contact Beth with any questions. Prospective student information is available here. CLASS INFO LINKS (instructor course descriptions, textbooks, first assignments) are available HERE. ONLINE CLASSES: Workshop/Craft online classes: IMF545 Creative Nonfiction Workshop--Catherine Rankovic IMF524 Focused Scriptwriting Workshop--Zachary Vickers -- FULL IMF531 Adv Focused Poetry Workshop--Scott Berzon
IMF574 Literary Novel Workshop: Polishing the In-Progress Novel--Anthony Connolly IMF516 Fiction Genres: Flash Fiction--Eve Jones -- FULL
IMF516 Fiction Genres: Flash Fiction--Mary Anderson -- 2 spots left IMF544 Genre Fiction Workshop: Science Fiction & Fantasy--Kelli Allen -- a new section has been added for wait list students -- a few other spots are available.
Literature/Craft online classes:
IMF517 Poetry Genres: Women Poets--Eve Jones IMF573 The Literary Novel: Contemporary Fiction--Tony D'Souza IMF556 The Prose Collection: Essay: David Sedaris--Beth Mead -- FULL (taking names for wait list) ON-CAMPUS CLUSTER: IMF519/538/559 Adv Fiction Cluster--Tuesdays--David Hollingsworth
Zachary Tyler Vickers is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he was the Provost’s Fellow. He is the recipient of the Richard Yates Prize and the Clark Fisher Ansley Prize for excellence in fiction. His work has appeared in The American Reader, KGB Bar Lit Journal, Hobart, and elsewhere. His short story, "Karst," has been optioned for feature film, and he is cowriting the script. In the LU MFA Program, Zachary will teach classes in scriptwriting craft/workshop, short story literature and workshop, and literature study in the graphic novel.
I regularly post calls for submission and literary event info on our program facebook page, but for those who do not use facebook, I try to post occasional updates here as well. Below are some upcoming literary events, as well as journals that have recently announced calls for submission:
Q. Should I enter my work in contests? Should I pay reading fees?
A. Money should flow toward, not away from, the writer. If you’re new to publishing, don’t enter contests that charge entry fees or submit to publications that ask for reading fees. Most venues holding contests still read regular submissions for free. If the venue uses Submittable software in place of postal mail, do pay the two or three dollars that is asked of you when you upload your work. That’s what you would have spent on postage anyway. Odds of winning any literary contest range between 200:1 to 1200:1. Writing contest entry fees are commonly $10 to $30. Would you put that kind of money on a horse with those odds? I do it once or twice a year for the sport of it.
Q. Where should I send my work?
A. I know your first impulse is to send to high-paying national venues and work your way down, but be honest with yourself: No one in any profession starts at the top. For best results, begin by finding and reading journals based in your home area and submit to those that publish your type of work. Rejected? Never give up, and go to local open readings and read and listen and meet people. Build a good local reputation and network, and you will be invited to give readings or teach workshops, and as you circulate you will also meet local editors, publishers and bookstore owners. A network is as important to a writer as it is to any other professional. After conquering your home area, submit to the journals in your state, then in your region.
Q: Can I submit my work to more than one journal or venue at once?
A: Most now allow that, but some don’t. Find the journal’s website and click the button or tab “Submissions” or “Writers’ Guidelines.” That’s where they give their requirements. Follow the instructions precisely.
Q. Which venues are the most prestigious, and which are less so, and how can I tell?
A: Look at the publication credits in the latest book by your favorite contemporary writer, or in his or her online biography. Those are probably high-prestige venues—or at least they were. In the digital age, journals are born and die every day, and likely half the names on that list have folded or lost their standing; the three or four big established names have probably barely survived digitization. Truly, the most prestigious journals are the ones you read and admire. I subscribe to a “poem-a-day” emailed from a journal I’d love to publish in. Each day I learn more about what it might take to get published in that journal.