Most writers dream of publishing a book with a hard cover, amazing cover art, and their photo on the dust jacket. But how do we get there? In this seminar, I will discuss various paths to publishing—the successes, the failures, and even more of the failures. We will learn strategies for presenting our stories to magazines, agents, and publishers, from choosing the best agency for your work to developing an attention grabbing query letter. We will also discuss specific markets for different genres, as well as how to make your writing stand out to potential readers and editors.
This course is best suited to writers with workshop experience, who are ready to begin thinking seriously about publication. By the end of this two-week intensive you will know how to write an attention grabbing query letter, submit a story or manuscript to a publisher, and build a lasting community of fellow writers to help you on your publishing journey.
Patrick Dacey is the author of The Outer Cape: a Novel (Henry Holt and Co., 2017) , which was an Amazon Editor's Choice, and the story collection We've Already Gone This Far (Henry Holt and Co., 2016), which was an ABA Top Ten debut. His work has been featured in The Paris Review, Zoetrope All-Story, Harper's, LitHub, Guernia, and BOMB Magazine, among other publications. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and has taught Creative Writing and English at Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, and the College of William and Mary.
“I enjoyed the course very much and I loved learning how to capture a scene and strip away the fluff in a story.”
“Dacey has a great personality and wants to see each student succeed. He is passionate and open, he makes himself available and…will work his best to help you find your voice.”
“THE OUTER CAPE is a wonderful book from a remarkably talented author.”
"WE’VE ALREADY GONE THIS FAR is a strong, intelligent, deeply felt book; Patrick Dacey is a beautiful and natural writer."
"Patrick Dacey is one of my favorite young American writers. The stories in WE’VE ALREADY GONE THIS FAR are . . . fast, poetic, edgy, full of tremendous affection for the things of the world."