Publishing in Literary Journals to Launch Your Career

An On-Demand Video Seminar

Led by Writing Workshops Founder & Executive Director, Blake Kimzey, winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition for his collection of short tales, Families Among Us. Blake's chapbook, an indie bestseller, was blurbed by Roxane Gay, Ramona Ausubel, Matt Bell, and Kyle Minor. His work has been adapted for broadcast on NPR and published by Tin House, McSweeney's, Short Fiction, Longform, VICE, and over 50 other literary journals. In this path-to-publication seminar, Blake will walk participants through his journey to publication. They say in order to be universal one must be specific, so Blake will share receipts from his 10+ years of sending work to literary journals, overcoming 900+ rejections, and receiving 10 emails from agents inquiring about his work (screen shots abound!). You can read about the successes past participants of this seminar have had finding publication here, here, here, & here. Blake will show participants the importance of perseverance, being findable, and participating in the literary community beyond their own work. Blake screen captures his entire journey, shares best practices, and will hopefully inspire you along the way. You'll walk away from this seminar inspired to set manageable and reachable goals along with meaningful strategies to get your work out into the world.

Course curriculum

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    Your Path to Publication

    • Publishing in Literary Journals to Launch Your Career

    • Example Literary Journal Cover Letter + Real Example

    • My Query Letter

    • How to Summarize Your Story/Essay/Book Manuscript

    • Guide to Publishing and Manuscript Format

Instructor(s)

Executive Director

Blake Kimzey

Blake Kimzey founded and directs Writing Workshops & Writing Workshops Paris and is a co-founder of The Big Texas Read. Named one of D Magazine's Artists to Learn From, he is a graduate of the MFA Program at UC Irvine; Blake also sits on the Board of the Elizabeth George Foundation and received a generous Emerging Writer Grant from the Foundation. His fiction has been broadcast on NPR, performed on stage in Los Angeles, and published by Tin House, McSweeney’s, VICE, Longform, Redivider, D Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, Green Mountains Review, Short Fiction, FiveChapters, The Lifted Brow, Hobart, Puerto del Sol, The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, Booth, Faultline, FLAUNT Magazine, Malibu Magazine, Day One, PANK, Fiction Southeast, Surreal South '13, and selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015. Blake’s collection of short tales, Families Among Us, an Indie Bestseller, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2014. Blake has been awarded fellowships to attend the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Vermont Studio Center and a generous grant from Americans for the Arts Foundation. He has taught in the Creative Writing Programs at SMU, UT-Dallas and UC-Irvine. Follow him on Twitter @BlakeKimzey, or contact him at blake@writingworkshopsdallas.com.