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Events this week

Speaker: 
Robin Cembalest
Thursday, June 24th, 9am-11am PT / 12pm-2pm ET

In this two-hour workshop, former ARTnews editor Robin Cembalest will share basic skills for writing about art in clear, accessible language. The class is useful for professional writers, aspiring writers, artists, educators, curators, arts workers, and arts aficionados.

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"Andrew is one of the best instructors I've had the pleasure to learn from. You can see his genuine interest in the people he's working with. I cannot recommend a course with Andrew Scrivani enough."

— Freddy, participant in Andrew Scrivani's workshops

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Andrew Henry, Religious Studies PhD and YouTuber

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— Kelley, participant in This Will Be Character-Building with Rebecca Makkai

Featured events

Speaker: 
Robin Cembalest
Wednesday, July 7th, 9am-11am PT / 12pm-2pm ET

In this intensive workshop, former ARTnews editor and social media expert Robin Cembalest will share creative and practical strategies for visual artists seeking ways to maximize the power of Instagram.

Speaker: 
James McGowan
Wednesday, July 14th, 4pm-5:30pm PT / 7pm-8:30pm ET

In this one-session, 90-minute seminar and Q&A, you’ll learn everything you need to know about finding an agent for your picture books, whether you’re an author, illustrator, or author-illustrator. From selecting which manuscript to query with, crafting a query letter that grabs attention, choosing your additional manuscripts in the submission package, and keeping track of your queries sent -- you’ll come away from this session ready to dive into the query trenches confidently.

Speaker: 
Rory Yakubov
Wednesday, July 14th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Learn how to use social media to build an education business and become a huge seller of resources online.

Speaker: 
Jessica Faust
Wednesdays, Jul 21 & Jul 28, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This two-part workshop will give you an in-depth understanding of the nonfiction book proposal—an essential component to getting any book deal. You will learn how to examine your nonfiction book idea, what elements are needed to craft a strong nonfiction proposal, how to determine which information to highlight, and the steps to creating a powerful book proposal that will take you from agent to publisher.

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Tuesday, July 27th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

In this 60-minute session, aspiring authors will get a peek inside the elusive publishing process to learn how to take a simple idea and turn it into a six-figure book deal. Everyone will gain access to essential tips and sample materials, as well as a transparent Q&A with author Amanda Montell.

Speaker: 
Jessica Reino
Wednesday, August 4th, 2pm-3:30pm PT / 5pm-6:30pm ET

This event will provide an overview of possible reasons a query and submission material are being rejected by agents and what to do to turn those rejections into requests.

Speaker: 
Rebecca Makkai
Wednesdays, Sep 8 - Sep 29, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Join Rebecca Makkai to learn to read like a writer. In this discussion- and lecture-based class, we'll use short assigned texts to become stronger and more engaging writers.

Speaker: 
Jessica Faust
Wednesdays, Sep 15 & Sep 22, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query during the writing process, its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

Thursdays, Sep 16 - Sep 30, 9am-11am PT / 12pm-2pm ET

This course is designed to teach the basics of urban planning, city geography, and civic design, in a way that will allow the application of these disciplines to the design of video game spaces. Participants will learn to come up with civic concepts, design urban environments, and craft fertile, believable, and memorable virtual cities.

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