Past Events

My Book’s Journey

Oct. 4, 2014

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Location: Village Writing School

The Long and Winding (and Rocky and Pot-holed) Road to Publication

The transformation from writer to published author can be exhilarating, as well as exhausting.  This workshop will move from the first hurdle—getting attention from the right publishing powers-that-be—to the finished product (and what to do with it). We’ll discuss the steps to publication, options available to today’s authors, and the realities of marketing your book in a social-media-saturated world.

Each participant is encouraged to bring a three-sentence “elevator pitch” designed to grab an agent’s or editor’s attention. The class will conclude with role-playing and collective editing to help participants polish their pitches.

a1cce88c-cf87-490b-967d-23640ea42a91Marian Szczepanski holds an MFA in fiction from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and a BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Her short fiction has appeared in Clackamas Literary Review, which garnered the deMaine Award for an Emerging Writer, with forthcoming work in Concho River Review. A Houston Press Club award recipient for magazine feature writing, Szczepanski also has published articles in the University of Houston’s Collegiummagazine and Houston Woman Magazine.  Huffington Post’s reviewer praised her book Playing St. Barbara (High Hill Press, 2013) as “a stunning debut novel that shimmers with unforgettable characters while casting necessary light on a dark chapter in American history.” Named to the 2014 Houston Press roster of 100 Houston Creatives, she lives—where else?—in Houston, Texas.