The A to Z of Getting Published Workshop

Saturday, October 7th, 9am-11.30am – Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce. $40

Back by popular demand!

This workshop will be delivered by Caroline Bracken whose writing has been widely published in journals, magazines and newspapers. She has won several international writing competitions and is a contest screening judge for the Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival.

What are editors and competition judges looking for? How do you win writing competitions? How do you get published in journals/magazines/newspapers? Does getting published in journals/magazines or winning writing competitions really matter? Do you need an MFA in creative writing to be taken seriously? Is online publication as good as print publication? What should you write about? What should you not write about? Why is your writing rejected? What is the most important element in a short story/poem/novel? Should you use a pseudonym? Does your gender/age/nationality/anything else affect your chances of getting published? What is the number one thing you need to get published?

If you are interested in the answers to these and other questions, this workshop is for you. Whether you are writing poetry, short stories, novels, plays or creative non-fiction you will discover how to increase your chances of publication.

In 2016 Caroline facilitated the A to Z of the First Two Pages workshop in Los Gatos which was highly praised in unsolicited feedback by participants:

“The A to Z workshop which you facilitated at the Los Gatos – Listowel Writers’ Festival dispersed useful strategies and guidance for me as a
novice fiction writer….The challenges you presented generated new ways for me to assess my writing.”

“Thank you so much for your wonderful workshop.  I felt so inspired afterwards and came away with concrete things I can do to tighten the writing.”

The A to Z of Getting Published workshop is suitable for writers of any level of experience.

Participants are invited to submit 500 words of their writing, or one poem, for personal feedback prior to the worksho. Please email Caroline at

This is entirely optional and will not be shared with the other participants during the workshop.