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Get Invited to Read at Literary Conferences!
with Lyzette Wanzer

Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 10:30am to 2:30pm

This event is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference.

It will take place in person!

Questions? Contact Taryn Edwards, [email protected]

This half-day workshop offers information, guidance, and strategies for writers who wish to apply to have their work accepted at a writers’ conference, whether virtual or in-person. In a safe and supportive environment, we will explore how to:

- choose the right writers’ conference for you

- prepare a polished submission

- make a professional impression from submission to attendance

- create a conference plan

- get financial support to attend

- practice conference etiquette: the do’s and do not's of both applying

- avoid common, costly mistakes in your CV and bio that mark you as an amateur


This workshop is open to writers of all levels who feel prepared to present their work at a professional writers’ conference. Students completing this workshop will be prepared to research, select, and submit work to several literary conferences, and will be well-equipped with the conventions and expectations of attending. Please bring your laptop or tablet.


Lyzette Wanzer, MFA is a San Francisco author and creative writing workshop instructor. Her work has appeared in over 25 literary journals, magazines, columns, and books. She is judge of the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition’s Intercultural Essay category and the Women’s National Book Association’s Effie Lee Morris Literary Awards’ Fiction category. A member of the National Writers’ Union, The Authors Guild, and The San Francisco Writers' Grotto, Lyzette has been awarded writing residencies in six states and Canada. Her artist statement has helped her receive grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, Horned Dorset Colony Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Rauschenberg Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and a Teaching Fellowship from Arizona’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and nine writing residencies across the country and in Canada.


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 [email protected] at least 10 days prior to the class to receive a full refund. All fees must be paid at the time of registration. Vaccinated individuals can visit the Mechanics' Institute library and chess room, as well as participate in events without a mask. For members and attendees who are not vaccinated, masking is still required.


MI Members $29
Public $39
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3rd Floor Library - Classroom B
Taryn Edwards - 415-393-0103
Register now by using the form below or calling .

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