Becoming a Writer in the 21st Century: Craft, Publishing, Platform and More

Saturday, Jun 2, 2018

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Becoming a Writer in the 21st Century: Craft, Publishing, Platform and More

In this online workshop, Stephanie Vanderslice will bring to life chapters from her Bloomsbury book, The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life, to help set writers on the path to achieving their writing goals. She’ll explore the different kinds of education that can benefit different kinds of writers, describe the keys to publishing your work that go beyond opening Writer’s Market or Duotrope, offer an introductory guide to Literary Citizenship and Platform Building, and describe key steps to finding an agent and publishing your book.

About the instructor
Stephanie Vanderslice was born in Queens, NY in 1967 and grew up there and in the suburbs of Albany. Her essays have appeared in Mothers in All But Name, Knowing Pains: Women on Love, Sex and Work in their 40’s and many others. In addition to The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life, she has also published Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught? 10th Anniversary edition (co-edited with Rebecca Manery) with Bloomsbury. Other books include Rethinking Creative Writing and Teaching Creative Writing to Undergraduates (with Kelly Ritter). Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Arkansas Writer’s MFA Workshop at the University of Central Arkansas, she also writes novels and has published creative nonfiction, fiction, and creative criticism in such venues as Ploughshares Online, Easy Street and others. Her column, The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life appeared from 2012-2017 in the Huffington Post. 

Praise for The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life

The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life is for every writer at every stage of his or her writing life because even the most experienced writers know those nagging questions-Can I write? Should I write? -never disappear completely. Writing can be a lonely craft but Stephanie Vanderslice inspires, informs and motivates with warmth, humility, and compassionate humor-writers who are fortunate to read this guide (and it is a book I’ll be urging my writerly friends and students to read) will hear Vanderslice’s voice cheering them on when those nagging questions visit, and that encouragement is a valuable gift.” –  Julia Fierro, founder and director of The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and author of The Gypsy Moth Summer

“Stephanie Vanderslice is the warm, friendly writer-next-door, sharing her decades of experience as author and teacher. She understands what it takes to be a writer-psychologically and practically- for the long-term and here generously shares her wealth of advice. Practical, witty, and well-organized, The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life is a good helpmate for beginning writers setting out on a creative journey.” –  Heather Sellers, Professor of English, University of South Florida, USA

The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life welcomes you into the world of writing, offers you a seat by the fireplace, and doles out brilliant advice to the writer who wants not only to build a successful writing career but, more importantly, a fulfilling writing life. This is a deeply generous book, brimming with sustenance, practicality, and honest, hard-earned hopefulness. Take these lessons to heart.” –  Julianna Baggott, author of the Pure series and The Seventh Book of Wonders

The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life is more than motivational advice. This is a personal heart-to-heart from one writer to others, offering years of experience and reflection on writing and publishing pursuits. Vanderslice shares humble insight for all writers. From supporting one’s self in this profession to furthering craft skills, The Geek’s Guide offers clarity and inspiration with a few laughs along the way.” –  Lori A. May, author of The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship and the Writing Life

This is an online event
This event happens online, meaning that you will login to view it from wherever you are. Simple instructions on how to access the live workshop will be emailed to you after you register. You will be able to ask questions to the instructor during the event. A recording of the presentation will be available for one week after the workshop date.

Event Location

Online Webinar


Event Fees:

Cost Per Person $ 25.00

Registration is closed for this event.

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