Applications to the class are now closed. Thanks to everyone who registered.

Lena Valencia

Online Class
Hit Submit: Sending Your Work to Residencies, Agents, and Literary Magazines with Lena Valencia

October 19th - 21st, 2017
Price: $60
Member Price* : $50

How do I submit my work to a literary magazine? How do I approach an agent? What goes into an artist statement for a residency or writing workshop? Designed for fiction writers, this class will answer these questions—and more—about how to present your work and yourself to the editors, agents, and selection committees on the other side of the submit button. We’ll spend three days exploring the tips, tricks, and etiquette that will help get your writing noticed. You’ll leave armed with the skills you need to prepare your work, organize your submissions, and craft great cover letters and artist statements to use in applications to residencies, MFA programs, writing workshops, and beyond.

About Lena Valencia:
Lena Valencia is the managing editor of One Story. She has held positions at A Public Space and BOMB Magazine, and for three years hosted the HiFi Reading Series in Manhattan. She teaches at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop and Catapult. Her writing has appeared in Joyland, BOMB, The Masters Review, and elsewhere. She has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center and received her MFA in Fiction from The New School.

When can I register for this class?
Registration is open now through October 17th.
How does the class work?
Daily lessons will be posted at 1am ET. The class also includes a discussion board where participants can interact with one another and with Lena.
I write memoir, poetry, or nonfiction. Can I still take this class?
Yes, but please note that the advice that’s given in the class is targeted specifically toward those who are working on novels or short stories.
Is there homework?
No. There are some optional exercises designed to help you build out your query letters and artist statements, but these will not be shared with the instructor or the class.
How much time will the class take?
Plan to spend about 45 minutes per day reviewing the lessons and completing the exercises, plus however much time you choose to spend on the discussion board.
What if I want to take the class, but the dates don’t work for me?
The class is designed for participants to proceed at their own pace, on their own schedule, so if you miss a day or three, no problem. All class materials will be accessible online until November 19th. Please note, however, that the instructor will be present on the discussion board from October 19th - 21st only.
Can I take the class on my phone?
Unfortunately, no. You’ll need a tablet or a computer to access all class materials.
What if I can’t wait to get started?
The discussion board will open on Monday, October 16th, three days before the class begins, so that participants can meet, mingle, and familiarize themselves with the learning platform in advance.

* In order to qualify for our member discount, you must be a member at the time of registration. Please note that the discount is for our members only. Members commit to annual donations and receive benefits that allow them to participate in the organization in more meaningful ways. Not all One Story subscribers are members. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a member, you can do so here.

Please send additional questions to .