The Chapbook: How to Shape and Publish a Small Collection of Poems with Elaine Sexton

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:00 AM until 4:00 PMEastern Standard Time

    Instructor: Elaine Sexton
    6 hour one-day session
    One VIRTUAL workshop date as follows:
    March 6
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants
    $320

    A poetry chapbook ranges from a single poem to a more traditional 24- page collection. Often a poet’s first published book, the chapbook has a long history dating back to the 17th century literacy movements. Robert Frost published a chapbook of a single poem for his friends at Christmas each year. Emily Dickinson bound small fascicles of her own work by hand for friends, something we would call a chapbook today. In this day-long seminar you learn the basics of shaping a short manuscript. We will spend the morning discussing your goals and together take a brief but focused look at your projects. We will discuss how to prepare a collection for publication, how to pinpoint your themes, order your poems, choose a great title, and more. After a break we will continue discussing strategies and publishing options from open submissions, book contests, to the pros & cons of self-publishing. As a chapbook & micro-publisher, and someone who has judged numerous book awards, I will offer advice on preparing a winning manuscript. We will close the afternoon with a fact-packed Q&A featuring two invited guest poets, each with new chapbooks, who will share their stories and answer your questions on each step of their process from first poem to first book.

    NOTE: Writers should come to the seminar prepared with a list of titles of the poems you plan to include in your manuscript to share on screen. 

    Elaine Sexton’s third collection of poetry is Prospect/Refuge (Sheep Meadow Press). A long-time member of the faculty at the Writing Institute, she has also taught workshops & seminars in poetry, the chapbook, bookmaking, and text & image at various writing and art programs in the U.S. and abroad, including New York University, City College, Poets House, and Arts Workshop International. An editor and micro-publisher, she is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle. elainesexton.org

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