Select Workshops Organized Through the Visiting Writers Series

How to Get a Literary Agent

In this hands-on class, veteran literary agent Taryn Fagerness will teach students how to attract a literary agent to their work and the pitfalls to avoid on their journey to publication. Topics covered include: the art of writing a proposal, how to put together a list of agents to approach, how to write the all-important query letter. Students will also learn how to get started in the publishing business as a career. A Visiting Writer Event.

Your Creative Voice

artifact-19Explore your unique way of writing, performing, and creating with comedian, filmmaker, writer, and acclaimed WSU alumus Ted Tremper. In this weeklong workshop, students will explore writing, improvisation, and developing material for theater, television and cinema. Be ready to explore who you are, what you want to say, and how to develop a creative practice that will get what’s in your head and heart into the world. Coffee will be free and unlimited! A Visiting Writer Event.


Kevin Willmott, a prolific independent writer and filmmaker, will instruct students in the conventions of screenwriting story, character development, structure, and the characteristics of different genres of TV and film. The course includes three nights of hands-on workshop/instruction with the filmmaker as well as an evening presentation, screening, and Q&A. A Visiting Writer Event.

Professional Editing and Publishing

In this weeklong workshop, students meet with two editors of an online literary magazine that has been at the forefront of digital publishing since 2006. Students will learn to think and read like editors. This workshop will present practical exposure to the tools of the publishing industry and a discussion of the unique challenges of editing for online publications. A Visiting Writer Event.

Short Prose Forms & Visual Art

artifact-30Join Visiting Writer Rebecca Brown for a collaboration between visual and literary arts. In this introduction to short prose forms (such as haibun, prose poetry, vignette, collage narrative, flash biography and some unclassifiable things), you will look at published work and turn to visual art to inspire your own original work. Students will collaborate across expressive genres (writing and visual art). They should expect to finish the workshop with several new pieces of original writing. Come to class ready to read, create, discuss and voluntarily present your work.A Visiting Writer Event.

Publishing for Print and Web

starfishAre you thinking about going into publishing but are intimidated by its vast and complicated world? Join Visiting Writer W. Scott Olsen to gain a better understanding of how publishing and editing works. Learn how to navigate modern publishing and editing, see how editors utilize both traditional print and new digital technologies, and gain some insight into how editors think — and even discover how you can be more successful in getting your own work published. A Visiting Writer Event.