Shooting Your Shot: Writing, Editing, Submitting

Hand holding a pen over a yellow piece of paper. The piece of paper reads, in purple, “Shooting Your Shot”

This event is part of You Are A Writer, a series of free online workshops on the business of writing. Inspired by beloved components of the Emerging Voices Fellowship, the series will provide an introduction to four topics that are foundational to launching a literary career.

Ready to share your work? PEN America presents a free workshop providing step-by-step guidance on preparing your fiction, nonfiction, or poetry project for submission. From assessing the readiness of your project to deciphering submission guidelines, this workshop will feature helpful tips on finding your finish line and demystifying the process of sending your work to literary journals, newspapers, magazines, websites, other publications, and opportunities like literary residencies and fellowships. ASL interpretation is provided by Pro Bono ASL.

This digital event will start at 5pm PT / 7pm CT / 8pm ET.


In order to ensure an optimal experience for our speakers and all participants, please be advised that You Are A Writer: A Career & Craft Workshop Series is limited to 1,000 registrants per workshop. Unfortunately, recordings will not be available following the event. However, please return to for information regarding future workshops and events, or fill out this form to stay connected.

Nicole Chung headshot: Nicole stands outside in front of lush green trees. She has long brown hair and wears a magenta blouse.Nicole Chung’s (she/her) nationally bestselling memoir All You Can Ever Know was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and named a Best Book of the Year by over two dozen outlets. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, GQ, Vulture, and TIME Magazine, among others. She is the editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine and the former managing editor of The Toast.

Matt Ortile headshot: Matt is sitting in front of a white background. He has short black hair, and his face is looking towards the camera. He has a leather jacket draped over his shoulders and is wearing a gray t-shirt.Matt Ortile (he/him) is the author of the essay collection The Groom Will Keep His Name. He is the managing editor of Catapult magazine and was the founding editor of BuzzFeed Philippines. He is a MacDowell Fellow and has written for Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler, SELF, Out, and BuzzFeed News, among others. He lives in Brooklyn.

Medaya Ocher headshot: Medaya is posing with her left arm under her chin in this black-and-white photo. She has a fringe cut, and her dark wavy hair falls just above her shoulders. She is wearing an oversized white blouse.Medaya Ocher (she/her) is the managing editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she previously served as the senior fiction editor. She has worked in publishing for over 10 years, at publications like W, Women’s Wear Daily, Teen Vogue, International Herald Tribune, Boom: A Journal of California, and nonprofits like The Center for Fiction and The Watermill Center. She earned her BA in English from Columbia University and her master’s in English as part of the Ph.D. program in English literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also taught courses on literature, contemporary American fiction, and the essay form.

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