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No More Excuses: Submission Bootcamp with Lyzette Wanzer

June 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT


Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25  & July 2, 9, 2024 from 6:30-8:30pm cst via Zoom
Instructor: Lyzette Wanzer
Nonmember: $155; Member: $135; Student/Educator/Mil $75




Are you on the verge of submitting your writing for publication, but are you too nervous or afraid to follow through? Have you submitted your work, just for it to end up in the rejection pile? Or does submitting your work keep falling to the bottom of your to-do list?

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to plan a submission strategy, research publishing markets, and identify the publications most aligned with your work. We will also review proper submission etiquette and protocols plus suggestions for avoiding pitfalls that mark you as an amateur before editors even read your submission.

Students will be strongly encouraged to actively submit short stories, articles, poems, essays, novel excerpts, and/or creative nonfiction pieces for publication while enrolled in the workshop.

This course is for writers of all levels—from those who are ready to learn about the submission process to those who are in the submission trenches.

Students will leave this class with:

  • An understanding of how the submission and publication process works
  • Best practices for organizing and tracking submissions
  • Strategies for getting your work accepted

Lyzette Wanzer is a San Francisco writer, editor, and writing workshop instructor. She received her MFA in Fiction from Mills College. A flash fiction connoisseur and essay aficionado, her work has appeared in Natural Bridge, The Los Angeles Review, Callaloo, Tampa Review, The MacGuffin, Ampersand Review, Journal of Advanced Development, Fourteen Hills, Journal of Experimental Fiction, Pleiades, Flashquake, Glossalia Flash Fiction, Potomac Review, International Journal on Literature and Theory, Fringe Magazine, and many others. She is a contributor to Lyric Essay as Resistance: Truth From the Margins (Wayne State University Press 2022), The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie 2012), Civil Liberties United: Diverse Voices from the San Francisco Bay Area (Pease Press 2019), and 642 Tiny Things to Write About (Chronicle Books 2015). Her articles have appeared in Essay Daily, The Naked Truth, and the San Francisco University High School Journal. Lyzette is the current judge of the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition’s Intercultural Essay category and of the Women’s National Book Association’s Effie Lee Morris Writing Contest’s nonfiction category.

Lyzette has been invited to present her work and/or panels at conferences across the country, including the American and Popular Culture Association, Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), College English Association (CEA), Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture Since 1900, Litquake Festival, San Francisco Writers Conference, and others.


June 4
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT


Mandy Lynn Lara