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Funding for Creative Writers

This is a class co-sponsored by MI and San Francisco Writers Conference/San Francisco Writers Foundation.

This workshop will appeal to writers who are considering applications for — or wish to learn about — writing grants, fellowships, scholarships, or residencies.  

In this one-day workshop we will cover: 

  • The best places to locate submission and application opportunities
  • The dreaded Project Statement, Work Plan, or Goals and Objectives question
  • How to demonstrate a rising trajectory (remembering that most people who are awarded grants are on their way up, not already there)
  • Using headings and “buckets” to make your statement navigable
  • How to craft clear, concise personal or "artist" statements (you will need this for most grant, fellowship, residency, and scholarship applications)
  • Why the marketing angle is so important
  • Creating an effective, online, professional literary profile (yes, judging panels do look for these!)

This is an intensive hands-on workshop; laptops, iPads, or notebook computers are essential for participation.


For each class, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend your class, please email tedwards@milibrary.org at least ten days prior to receive a refund.

 

Instructor Bio

Lyzette Wanzer is a San Francisco fiction writer and essayist. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. A flash fiction connoisseur and essay aficionado, her work has appeared in Callaloo, Tampa Review, The MacGuffin, Ampersand Review, Journal of Advanced Development, Journal of Experimental Fiction, Pleiades, Flashquake, Glossalia Flash Fiction, Potomac Review, International Journal on Literature and Theory, Fringe Magazine, Aesthetica Magazine, and others. She is a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2012) and 642 Tiny Things to Write About (Chronicle Books, 2015).

Lyzette has been awarded writing residencies at the Blue Mountain Center (NY), Kimmel Harding Center for the Arts (NE), Playa Summer Lake (OR), Horned Dorset Colony (NY), and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She is the recipient of an Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation (2012), an Individual Artist Commission grant from San Francisco Arts Commission (2013), and two Professional Development Grants from the Creative Capacity Fund (2012, 2013). With the support of the grants, Lyzette is currently at work on an essay collection entitled Gelatin Prints.

Classes

Admission: 
MI Members $85
Public $100
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Location: 
3rd Floor Library - Classroom A
Questions?
Taryn Edwards - 415-393-0103
Register now by using the form below or calling 415-393-0101.

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