Kelsey says, “I think one of the most valuable things I gained from my course was the ability to edit and pitch my work effectively, including learning to pick the right venue first, then create something tailored to it.”
Scott Wallace‘s nonfiction book, The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes, was picked up by Crown and will be published this October.
Scott says, “I was surprised that I was able to apply my course’s lessons so directly, using the proposal I developed in class to secure a book contract with a major publisher.”
Shannon Krause‘s travel piece, “Off The Brochure Travel Guide: Schenectady, New York,” was published on PeterGreenberg.com, just a month after completing Intro to Travel Writing. She also started a travel blog, TravelingOlive.
Shannon says, “Once the class was over, the class exchanged contact information – just like summer camp – so we could stay in touch. It’s great to have a group of people to lean on if you have a writing question, need feedback or just want some encouragement. We’ve all been really great at helping one another take the next step in travel writing. Not only did I learn the fundamentals of travel writing but I gained a support group and an amazing mentor!”
Sarah says, “I was more motivated to turn in assignments on time and participate in the online discussions because I wanted to get the most I could out of the 12 weeks. When the course ended, a classmate of mine started a Google Group so we could keep our critiques going.”
Emily Rubin‘s novel, Stalina, was recently picked up by Houghton Milfflin Harcourt for publication in the fall. Additionally, it was chosen as a finalist in the literary fiction category of the International Book Awards.
Emily was previously nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was the first recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award.
Amelia advises writers, “Keep editing and submitting your pieces. I didn’t submit to a specific person at The New York Times — I’m proof that editors do read the submissions sent to the general email address.”
Sabrina Paradis‘ two personal essays on motherhood she crafted during a one-day workshop were published in the anthology Purple Leaves, Red Cherries on May 2, 2011.
Sabrina says, “I was surprised how much we were able to accomplish in just a 3-hour workshop. I left the course with my ‘next step’ toward publishing my essays, including contact names and places.”
Janet says her class gave her “the push I needed to strengthen several sections of the manuscript. The course content improved the effectiveness of my subsequent pitches for travel stories that now pay better and promote my book.”