Business of Writing Seminars

Spalding’s Business of Writing Seminars are virtual curriculum offerings for current students of the Naslund-Mann School, but alumni can participate in two ways. For a nominal fee, alumni can attend the full-day seminars, which focus on professional writing, editing, and publishing. Topics run the gamut: for instance, our inaugural seminars in September 2022 covered

  • writing an effective query letter and synopsis, with Julia Watts (’05)
  • crafting a creative nonfiction book proposal, with Elizabeth Felicetti (’20)
  • landing freelance writing assignments for university publications, with Michael Malone (’10)
  • pitching, landing, and preparing for interviews with media outlets, with Jill Cox-Cordova (’17)

The March 2023 seminars are

  • submitting work for publication in literary journals, with Kelly Martineau (’10)
  • Calling all creative writers: the commercial world needs you! With Holly
    Jensen (’10)
  • Creating an artist portfolio: everything you need to apply for grants, fellowships, and more, with Amina McIntyre (’09)
  • Using your writing skills to get grants, with Melissa Hamilton (’18)

You can propose a seminar in your area of expertise, gaining online teaching experience for your CV. Keep an eye on News from Home for more information, or watch your inbox for an email from Karen Mann.