NOTE: Due to precautions being taken in the interest of community safety during the COVID-19 outbreak, this in-person course could rescheduled or be fully or partially hosted online. We will keep you updated of any changes.
Do you have an idea for an anthology you'd like to propose, edit, and get published? An anthology can be a wonderful collection of voices around a theme. They are a lot of work to put together, but when done right, can help the editor get established in publishing, and lead to other writing and editing opportunities.
As the co-editor of one absolute all-out flop, and the sole editor of two successful anthologies (one of them a New York Times Bestseller), I can speak to which kinds of ideas tend to work, and which might not. I'll also cover the ins and outs of execution: from finding and wrangling a diverse mix of writers at all levels, to making sure you have a good mix of stories so the book isn't repetitive, to writing your proposal, to deciding whether to pitch the book through an agent or on your own, to considering which publishing houses you're interested in--and to being the managing editor of this one-time publication.
This course is for students at all levels, whether they are just beginning to think about an anthology project, or they already have one in mind and in the works. It will not only help participants shape and develop anthology ideas of their own; it will also provide insight into editing, curation, and publishing that can be applied to other projects and jobs.
- How to hone your anthology idea
- How to attract contributors
- How to approach publishers and create interest in your anthology
- How to create a diverse, inclusive, well-rounded, exciting anthology that builds interest and isn’t repetitive
- Advice on the pitching process
- Access to Catapult's list of writing opportunities and important submission deadlines, as well as a 10% discount on all future Catapult classes
Students should bring notebooks and writing implements, or laptops. We will do brainstorming exercises in class. Because this is a one-day crash course, there will be no homework.
Sari Botton is a writer and editor living in Kingston, New York. She is the former Essays Editor for Longreads, and edited the award-winning anthology "Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NY" and its New York Times-Bestselling follow-up, "Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for NY." She teaches at Catapult and in the MFA program at Bay Path University. In the past she has taught in the journalism department at SUNY at Albany and the adult education program at SUNY Ulster.
Photo credit to Sylvie Rosokoff
"Sari Botton has a knack for knowing what I'm trying to say, and helping me to say it far more eloquently than I could have otherwise."
"Sari Botton is a force. For years she's written the killer Rumpus interview column, “Conversations With Writers Braver Than Me,” though it's a tall order, because she is one of the bravest writers I know. She’s tackled topics like abortion, sexism in Jewish divorce, childlessness, hysterectomy, and misogyny in medicine with grace, honesty, and tremendous heart for the likes of Glamour, The New York Times, and Harper’s Bazaar. I'll read anything she ever writes."
"I’ve loved Sari Botton’s writing for as long as I can remember. She has a way of taking difficult, even brutal, subjects and conferring upon them an unlikely serenity. There is an intrinsic grace to her work that always leaves me feeling comforted even if she’s taken me down a rocky path. She knows what she’s doing; that’s for sure."
"Sari Botton works magic on words. On a few occasions, she's taken my messy rambling, and with her keen editing, turned them into essays I still get compliments on. The gift of a good editor is underrated, and Sari's efficiency and sharp intelligence are invaluable."
"Sari Botton is an editor who cradles your heart with one hand and helps you sort through your thoughts and ideas with the other. She is a writer's dream editor because she treats you and your words with respect throughout the entire process, approaches revisions as a collaborative effort and makes you feel confident that you're publishing the best piece possible."
"I invited Sari Botton to teach one morning at a weeklong workshop I was conducting because I’d had Sari as a teacher a few years before and knew how well she is able to coax the stories her students need to tell, how gently she moves them toward the telling details, the meaning, their truth. At the workshop I had her visit, she presented an exercise to help people decide on a topic that’s contemporary, important to the culture at large and to them in particular. It was a brilliant exercise that not only helped attendees come up with a topic but how to proceed in crafting a long-form essay from an idea or an opinion they are passionate about. Brilliant. Which is the word, if I only had one to choose, I’d use to describe Sari’s teaching."