Mapping the Maze

Dates  |  Pricing and Refunds  |  Schedule   |  Presenters  |  Partners

Thank you for your interest in Mapping the Maze! We have reached capacity for the November workshop and registration is now closed. To be notified about our 2023 Mapping the Maze workshops, please sign-up here!

Trying to get your work published can feel like wandering in a maze. If you're running into one dead end after another, not sure which way to turn, Poets & Writers can demystify the process and help you reach your destination—publication. 

Mapping the Maze is an online workshop designed for poets and writers of literary prose (fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction) who have developed their craft and are now ready to make a concrete plan for getting their work published. 

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn to prepare submissions to literary journals and presses
  • Get tips on querying literary agents
  • Gain insight into the business side of publishing (contracts; author rights)
  • Network with established authors as they share stories from their own paths to publication
  • Be introduced to Poets & Writers’ online resources
  • Leave with a clear, actionable plan outlining your personal publishing goals and the steps you will take to achieve them 

This workshop might be for you if you are:

  • Ready to submit poems, stories, or essays to literary magazines but don’t know where to begin 
  • Submitting work regularly, but not getting the response you want 
  • Seeking direction on publishing your debut manuscript
  • Interested in exploring agent representation
  • Eager to expand your writing community

Dates

October Session

Thursday, October 27
Friday, October 28
Saturday October 29
Sunday, October 30

November Session
Thursday, November 17
Friday, November 18
Saturday, November 19
Sunday, November 20

**All sessions are hosted via Zoom. Active participation is required and sessions will not be recorded.**

Workshop Pricing and Refunds

Registration Fee: $225

We have reached capacity for the November workshop and registration is now closed. To be notified about our 2023 Mapping the Maze workshops, please sign-up here!

To ensure more equitable access, a limited number of fee waivers are available, with priority to writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC). Requests for fee waivers must be submitted by October 13 (for the October session) or November 3 (for the November session) via the registration form. Recipients will be notified on a rolling basis.

Writers who reside in the Detroit, Houston, and New Orleans metro areas are eligible for a discounted rate of $150, as part of our United States of Writing initiative. 

The registration fee includes a one-year subscription to Poets & Writers Magazine (or an extension of your existing subscription).'

We have reached capacity for the November workshop and registration is now closed. To be notified about our 2023 Mapping the Maze workshops, please sign-up here!

Refund Policy

If you are unable to attend, please submit a refund request to publishing_workshops@pw.org. We will issue a full refund for cancellations submitted one week prior to the start of the workshop. Cancellations in the week leading to the start date of class will receive a 50 percent refund. No refunds will be issued once the workshop begins.

Workshop Schedule

Below is an overview of the workshop, which will span four days. To view and download a PDF copy of the October schedule and presenter bios, click here. Click here to download the November schedule and presenter bios.

Thursday
6:00-6:15 p.m. ET | Welcome
6:15-7:45 p.m. ET | Publishing 101
7:45-8:00 p.m. ET | Icebreaker/Introductions in groups

Friday
6:00-6:15 p.m. ET | Welcome
6:15-7:30 p.m. ET | Working with an Agent

Saturday
11:00-11:15 a.m. ET | Welcome
11:15-12:30 p.m. ET | Submitting to Literary Magazines and Journals
12:30-1:30 p.m. ET | Break
1:30-2:45 p.m. ET | Working with a Book Editor
2:45-3:00 p.m. ET | Break
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET | Whats Your Plan: Designing Your Path to Publication

Sunday
11:00-11:15 a.m. ET | Welcome
11:15-12:30 p.m. ET | The Writer's Journey
12:30-12:45 p.m. ET | How to Keep it Going

We have reached capacity for the November workshop and registration is now closed. To be notified about our 2023 Mapping the Maze workshops, please sign-up here!

Presenters

October Presenters:

  • Alyssa Ogi, Editor, Tin House
  • Anni Liu, Associate Editor, Graywolf Press
  • Barb Johnson, Editor in Chief, Bayou Magazine
  • Carlina Duan, Poetry Editor, Michigan Quarterly Review 
  • Curtis Chin, Author, Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant (Little, Brown, 2023)
  • Gerald Maa, Editor, The Georgia Review
  • Jenna Johnson, Editor-in-Chief, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
  • Jonathan Escoffery, Author, If I Survive You (MCD, 2022)
  • Jordan Charlton, Nonfiction Editor, Prairie Schooner
  • Julia Kardon, Agent, HG Literary
  • Kasey Peters, Nonfiction Editor, Prairie Schooner
  • Kevin Larimer, Editor in Chief, Poets & Writers Magazine; Coauthor, The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer (Avid Reader Press, 2020)
  • Lauren Rosemary, Senior Editor, Feminist Press
  • Lena Valencia, Managing Editor, One Story
  • Maddie Caldwell, Senior Editor, Grand Central Publishing
  • Matt Ortile, Executive Editor, Catapult Magazine
  • Maya Marshall, Editor, Haymarket Books
  • Megan Fernandes, Author, Good Boys (Tin House, 2020)
  • Serene Hakim, Agent, Ayesha Pande Literary

November Presenters:

  • Alicia Kroell, Editor, Catapult Books
  • Brian Broome, Author, Punch Me Up to the Gods (Mariner Books, 2021)
  • Christine Stroud, Editor in Chief, Autumn House Press
  • Danny Vazquez, Senior Editor, Astra House
  • Desiree Cooper, Author, Know the Mother (Wayne State University Press, 2016)
  • Geeta Kothari, Nonfiction Editor, The Kenyon Review
  • Jade Wong-Baxter, Agent, Francis Goldin Literary Agency
  • Jenzo DuQue, Fiction Editor, The Massachusetts Review 
  • John Hennessy, Poetry Editor, The Common
  • Kei Miller, Author, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet Press, 2014)
  • Kevin Larimer, Editor in Chief, Poets & Writers Magazine; Coauthor of The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer (Avid Reader Press, 2020)
  • Kukuwa Ashun, Editor, Flatiron Books
  • Larissa Melo Pienkowski, Agent, Jill Grinberg Literary Management
  • Lauren W. Westerfield, Nonfiction/Hybrid Editor, Split Lip Press
  • Lisa Fay Coutley, Chapbook Series Editor, Black Lawrence Press
  • Mimi Wong, Editor in Chief, The Offing
  • Miriam Kumaradoss-Hohauser, Fiction Editor, Apogee Journal
  • Renee Zuckerbrot, Agent, Masie & McQuilken
  • Soham Patel, Associate Poetry Editor, The Georgia Review

Partners

Bayou Magazine
Gulf Coast
Michigan Quarterly Review

The Detroit Writers’ Guild

Kindred Stories
Words & Music Literary Festival
Inprint
Defunkt Magazine

We have reached capacity for the November workshop and registration is now closed. To be notified about our 2023 Mapping the Maze workshops, please sign-up here!

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact tkehou@pw.org.

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Mapping the Maze is supported, in part, by generous gifts from Leonard & Louise Riggio and Macmillan Publishers.