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2018-01/13 Publishing Your Personal Essays with Molly Larson Cook

Date: First class is Saturday, January 13, 2018 Time: 1pm to 4pm Number of sessions: 2 -- Saturdays, January 13, 20 Members: $90 Nonmembers: $108 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, Arts District Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, #202-204, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106

In a world full of words, how do you make yours stand out? How do you bring your unique voice into the light and generate interest in what you have to say about life, love, or any other topic that matters to you?

This workshop is for personal essay writers interested in publishing their work either collected in a book, as individual pieces for newspapers and magazines, or on a blog. If you’re considering a book, you’ll learn a variety of avenues from finding an agent and going the traditional route to creating a simple and inexpensive “essay chapbook.” You’ll learn how to organize your collection, create a workable schedule for publication, and determine gaps that need to be filled. Writers interested in individual submissions will learn the ins and outs of submitting stand alone pieces, possible markets, and the how and why of creating a schedule/calendar for submissions.

If you’re interested in writing a personal essay blog, we’ll look at what it takes to get started and attract readers and what kind of commitment is required to keep your posts fresh.

Bring a sample or two of your essays, your notebook, your ideas, and your questions!


Molly Larson Cook  is an award-winning writer and writing coach. She began as a journalist and has published op-eds and essays as well as a number of magazine and newspaper articles. Molly taught writing and literature in universities on both coasts and in workshops for adult writers at her Skylark Writing Studio on Whidbey Island in Washington. Most recently, she received the 2016 Steve Kowit Poetry Prize, and her winning poem is included in the 2016-2017 San Diego Poetry Annual.  Molly was a Fellow at the Fishtrap Writers Conference in Oregon where she worked with poet Naomi Shihab Nye, and she received the Dibner Fellowship for Fiction in Maine. She twice served as a juror for the Maine Arts Commission’s literary award, most recently in 2017. Molly’s jazz novel, Listen, was published in 2003 and her one-woman show, On Our Way to Somewhere, in 2002. She is engaged in both writing and painting in San Diego.  She blogs about jazz and art at and She blogs about writing at and her sometimes cranky and opinionated personal essays appear under the name of her alter ego at

PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that a class does not get cancelled or rescheduled.