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Publishing Your Creative Writing

  • Chattanooga WorkSpace 302 West 6th Street Chattanooga, TN 37404 United States (map)
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Submitting your creative writing to small presses or small literary journals and magazines is difficult and time consuming. Getting that first acceptance is even harder.

In this course, you will learn about where publishing resources are available (for free); how to effectively use these resources; how to prepare your creative writing for submission; how to write the “dreaded” cover letter; and how to figure out where to submit your work.

We recommend bringing your laptop or tablet to the class, but if you do not have access to any of these, we will providee pen and paper for you to take notes and explore the Internet sources later. 

About the teacher:

Rebecca Cook is a writer, performer, speaker, and preacher. She has read her work in many venues, large and small, and is always eager to share her writing or give a lecture. She taught creative writing at UTC (2004-2014) and mentors in Creative Nonfiction’s Mentoring Program. Her writing can be found in journals large and small--from the tiny Waugh Street Journal to the prestigious Georgia Review. She has published a poetry collection, a poetry chapbook, and an e-novel with small, independent presses. Her poems have appeared in the Romanian journals Convorbiri Literare and Poesis, and she has co-translated two collections of Romanian poems with Olimpia Iacob. Her most recent publications are The Best Man in the World, a chapbook with poet Jenny Sadre-Orafai, and The Shape of Water, a Romanian/English book of poems alongside poet Talvescu Dumitru.

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