Fiction

Birthday Cake

She was ninety-three and had nineteen nine-inch diameter chocolate birthday cakes from Bill Knapp’s restaurant in her basement freezer. How could she say no? They were a free gift, no coupon necessary. Each cake came with a sixteen-year-old waitress smiling straight rows of braces; with a balding manager clapping chapped hands to that tune everyone loved. (Except her, the ditty going round and round her brain and into her dreams, waking her at 3:00 am. Alone.)…

Marjorie Maddox is a Sage Graduate Fellow of Cornell University (MFA) and Director of Creative Writing and Professor of English at Lock Haven University. Her short story collection, What She Was Saying, was published by Fomite Press 2017). She has had five chapbooks and over 450 poems, stories, and essays in journals and anthologies.  In addition, Marjorie is the co-editor of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (PSU Press 2005) and an author of two children’s books from Boyds Mills Press. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Marjorie lives with her husband and two children in Williamsport, PA. Read more at marjoriemaddox.com.

The Dream Catcher

Gray, of Gray’s Agency, sat at his desk, the neon sign outside flashing, rain dripping against the window. It was dusk.

He heard the door down the hallway open, and looked up to see a man in a mackinaw on his threshold. His face was sharp with shadows.

“My name is Rogers,” the man said, approaching Gray. He stopped and took a deep breath. “And you’re a dream thief.” It wasn’t a question.

“I am.”

“I have a job for you.” His mouth twisted to the side. He had made up his mind, Gray decided, but it had been a struggle.

“There was a woman…,” Gray prompted him…..

Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 100 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Conjunctions to Clarkesworld to Weird Tales, as well as a number of Best Of anthologies. She has received an O. Henry award, been a finalist for the Iowa short fiction award, the Bellwether award, the Shirley Jackson award for short fiction (twice), and a bunch of other near-misses. She has published four novels and three story collections, and in July Aqueduct Press released her novella, In Search of Lost Time, about a woman who can steal time.

I Am Not Damian Lewis

Stealing the piece of Evander Holyfield’s dismembered ear that was bitten off by Mike Tyson from a rich man’s safe was my best friend Aaron’s idea. He wanted Real Deal’s ear back. He’d lost it in a poker game….

Michael Nye is the author of the story collection Strategies Against Extinction (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012) and the novel All the Castles Burned forthcoming from Turner Publishing in February 2018. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended the Ohio State University, where he graduated with a BA in English Literature, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he earned his MFA in creative writing. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in American Literary Review, Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, Crab Orchard Review, EpochKenyon ReviewNew South, Normal SchoolSou’wester, and South Dakota Review, among many others. His work has been a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in fiction and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He and his wife live in Washington D.C.

Submit Your Fiction

We accept previously unpublished and polished prose up to 8,000 words year round, unless announced otherwise.  We are always looking for tightly woven short works under 2,000 words and short-shorts around 500 words. No multiple submissions but simultaneous is fine as long as you withdraw the submission asap through the submissions system. During the summer and winter months, we run our Writers Are Readers, Too, fundraiser when submissions are open only to subscribers. During the fall and spring, we open submissions for regular unsolicited submissions. Submit 

Workshops

Join us for workshops in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and more, including 30 Stories in 30 Days, Magic Realism, Short Story, Short Short Story, Novel: From Start to Finish, One on One Workshop and more. 

Essays

Hopkins Pond

Memory plays with our present self, teasing us with the possibility of its mutability; if we remember differently, we may become somebody else, if not in body, in essence. I have many memories I play with, imagine differently, reshape and wrestle, and many I could not mutate if I tried. Perhaps that is the required state of mind, leaving some wiggle room, if only imaginary, and at once confirming the past that is embedded. We exist, can float even, somewhere in between.

Amy Scanlan O’Hearn is a writer and teacher in Southern NJ. Her short
stories appear in Helen, Bacopa Review and Per Contra. She received first place for her poem “Fences” in the Oregon Poetry Association New Poets Category 2014 and other poetry appears in Verseweavers, in MER Vol. 13, and is forthcoming in Panoplyzine. She is an Associate Poetry Editor for Typehouse.

Pinboy

Mine was a career option knocked out from under me by mid-twentieth-century technology, not the silent artificial intelligence that threatens many occupations today, but a clanking contraption of gears, pulleys, and mechanical grippers that made human hands unnecessary.

In my early teens I had worked several nights a week as a pinboy in a six-lane bowling alley one flight up from our small-town movie theater, a narrow place that smelled of shellac, spilled beer, and stale tobacco. I sat on a ledge in a pit at the end of a gleaming wood surface, huddling for safety when the bowling balls came hurtling toward me, my arms and elbows poised to fend off flying pins, then returning the ball with a shove down a grooved shaft. After a strike or the second ball ended the frame with a spare or something like an 8–10 split, I jumped into the pit to press a lever with my shoe, scoop up scattered pins, and arrange them on protruding spikes.

Walter Cummins has published seven short story collections—Witness, Where We Live, Local Music, The End of the Circle, The Lost Ones, Habitat: stories of bent realism, Telling Stories: Old and New. He also has a collection of essays and reviews called Knowing Writers. More than one hundred of his stories, as well as memoirs, essays, and reviews, have appeared in magazines such as New Letters, Kansas Quarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Under the Sun, Arts & Letters, Confrontation, Bellevue Literary Review, Connecticut Review, in book collections, and on the Web. With Thomas E. Kennedy, he was founding co-publisher of Serving House Books, an outlet for novels, memoirs, and story, poetry, and essay collections. For more than twenty years, he was editor of The Literary Review.

Condom Races

Shouldn’t I start with the latest, and most jarring, incident? Before character introductions, before the narrative pondering of questions raised, before metaphors for the sadness, disillusionment, even fear aroused? And fear of what? Being wrong to begin with? Sensing a narrow escape? Somehow … being abandoned?

The initial questions already listed, the primary emotions already announced, why is it so hard to simply dramatize the event? Because it was an email exchange, without setting, facial expressions, background noise … details that I know impact a dramatic scene. Maybe my title can do the job of the lead-in hook, and I can continue blathering.

Cris Mazza’s next novel is forthcoming from BlazeVox Books. Her last book was Charlatan: New and Selected Stories, chronicling twenty years of short-fiction publications. Mazza has seventeen other titles of fiction and literary nonfiction including her last book, Something Wrong With Her, a real-time memoir; her first novel How to Leave a Country, which won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award for book-length fiction; and the critically acclaimed Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? She is a native of Southern California and is a professor in and director of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Essay Submission Guidelines

We accept polished essays up to 8,000 words year round, unless announced otherwise. Preferences veer toward shorter works under 1500 words. 

Workshops

Join us for workshops in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and more, including 30 Stories in 30 Days, Magic Realism, Short Story, Short Short Story, Novel: From Start to Finish, One on One Workshop and more. 

Poetry

3 Poems

by Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach

Yom HaShoah: April 19, 2012

I forgot to light a candle for them, I tell my husband, ask him to remember./He answers: Dick Clark died. It was all over the radio. Remember him? 

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach emigrated from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine as a Jewish refugee when she was six years old. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon and is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania where her research focuses on contemporary American poetry related to the Holocaust. Her poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, The Missouri Review Online, and Narrative Magazine, among others. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf and TENT Conferences as well as the Auschwitz Jewish Center. Julia is the author of The Bear Who Ate the Stars, winner of Split Lip Magazine‘s 2014 Uppercut Chapbook Award. She is also Editor-in-Chief of Construction Magazine.

The Sea Sunk Door

I walk the constellations / like ferries slide the line / from dock to dock / the clockwork of my days . . .

Katy E. Ellis is a poet, freelance writer and teacher through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ WITS (Writers in the Schools) program. Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals including Floating Bridge Review, Literary Mama, Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and the Canadian journals Grain and Fiddlehead. She is the author of two chapbooks, Urban Animal Expeditions (Dancing Girl Press) and Gravity (Yellow Flag Press). Katy has received grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation and a Centrum Writing Residency through Artist Trust. She has worked as a Public Health—Seattle & King County secretary, an over-excited whale watching tour guide, and a failure of an ESL teacher in Istanbul, Turkey.

Woman’s Card

Hey, you knew the score / walking out in that dress / I can see all that you’re worth / The declining value of spent bodies   cheap metal clanking in the machine . . . .

Dorothy Bendel is the author of Expatriate (Finishing Line Press). Her work can be found in The Rumpus, Connotation Press, Green Mountains Review, Microchondria II: 42 More Short-Short Stories Collected by Harvard Book Store, and additional publications. She currently lives in Washington, DC, where she writes, teaches, and serves as an editor at Atticus Review.

Submit Your Poetry

We are now accepting previously unpublished poetry of all forms. Please submit 1 – 5 poems as separate files in separate submissions. Please do not submit them all on one document. During the fall and spring, we open submissions for regular unsolicited submissions.

Workshops

Join us for workshops in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and more, including 30 Stories in 30 Days, Magic Realism, Short Story, Short Short Story, Novel: From Start to Finish, One on One Workshop and more. 

Gallery

eckleburg gallery

Eckleburg

About The Eckleburg Gallery

Since 2010, the Eckleburg Gallery is an online, print and pop up gallery space for contemporary and international artists, including event installations in Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Boston and more. We seek to share provocative art forms in all media through intimate, intellectual moments in which aesthetic and ideas entwine. We are committed to providing artists an international platform to explore form and context in canvas, sculpture, performance, digital media, video, technology and more. We encourage all aesthetics with gender and diversity awarenesses. We also like feminist cowboys.

Submit your portfolio. We look forward to viewing your work.

Gallery | Visual & Intermedia

Send us a link for your online portfolio that includes all the works (at least 3, 10 or more even better) that you would like us to consider for the Gallery. You can also send a 100 to 200 word bio. If accepted, we will request attached, high resolution jpegs of the chosen works. Gallery submissions currently closed.

Music, Film and Arts Commentary | Send a YouTube link via email along with a short 100 to 200 word bio. The submissions link is below.

Music, Film & Intermedia

Send us a YouTube link of your video and a bio. Performance submissions currently closed.

ONLINE WRITING WORKSHOPS | Fiction, Poetry, Essays & More

Developmental Editing: Characterization

Developmental editing is the first phase in the editorial process when the writer and/or editor focuses on structural elements within the narrative including but not limited to characterization.

Writing the Signifier & Signified

In Sausserian Linguistics, the two elements of a piece of language—the signifier being the relatively concrete and the signified the relatively abstract. In some situations, there are chains of signifiers: The written “road” signifies the spoken “road,” which in turn signifies the idea of “road,” which, in turn, in an analogy or allegory, can signify life. (A Handbook to Literature)

Writing Protagonists

The classic definition of a protagonist is the character who is the focus of the overall narrative and undergoes the most significant change. A literary protagonist is rarely ever considered to be morally “good.” Literary protagonists are complicated and will often challenge the reader’s concept of “good” and “bad.” Keep in mind that the best literary protagonists are usually also their own antagonists to some degree—i.e. person versus self. You might have more than one protagonist, such as in Tom Perrotta’s novel, Little Children.

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOPS

30 STORIES IN 30 DAYS WORKSHOP 
In “30 Stories in 30 Days” you will write, write and write some more using favorite writing prompts by published authors and expert writing instructors. In this course, you will respond to timed daily writing prompts that will force you into a creativity focus where your “internal editors” will have to wait their turns, allowing story development to take over. Daily writing prompts will begin immediately when you click the “Take this course” button. Subsequently, you can begin at the beginning of the month, middle, end, whenever it suits you. Each prompt is available to you on its scheduled day and you will write at your own pace. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

MAGIC REALISM WORKSHOP
Magic Realism is the sweet spot between realism and the fantastic. In this course, you will read short works and excerpts from foundational magic realism authors such as Virginia Woolf, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Diane Williams, Kurt Vonnegut and more. You will also build writing and craft techniques tailored to bringing out the best in your literary magic realism fiction. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

WRITING SEX IN LITERARY FICTION: ARE YOUR SEX SCENES ESSENTIAL OR GRATUITOUS?
How do you transcend the cliched and gratuitous sex scene when writing sex? How do you create a scene that will engage smart fe/male readers in critical, gender aware and sexually rigorous ways? Writing sex in the literary scene is no different than any other scene, really. It is all about focusing on the character as gender and sexually unique. Whether you intend to write a more graphically specific scene, such as in American Psycho, or a more subtle scene, character focus is the key. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

SHORT STORY WORKSHOP
This workshop explores the tricky art of writing and editing short short fiction (flash fiction), or stories under 1,000 words. Writers of short short fiction face the unique challenge of creating something fragmentary, but complete; something brief, but satisfying; little moments that hint at a whole world. This short short fiction workshop will focus on various approaches writers can take to write complete and complex stories in 1,000 words or fewer. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

SHORT STORY WORKSHOP
In this course we will study what constructs the world of the short story: pain, happiness, fear, love, desire, anger, and menace. You will write your characters, settings and scenes with a focus on your organic voice and style. This workshop is for character-focused craft and storytellers. Our focus will be on narratives that grip and immerse readers at an unflinching level while understanding the differences between what is essential and what is gratuitous. With a focus on scene work and how to build a story through the nucleus of the scene, writers will explore their organic voices and styles. Join us and improve your craft as the weeks progress by giving and receiving feedback, the cornerstone of exploring your own strengths, needs and preferences. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

NOVEL: FROM START TO FINISH WORKSHOP
Welcome to “The Novel: From Start to Finish” at The Eckleburg Workshops. In this course, we will explore drafting your novel and revising voice, detail, characters, place and texture. In the final unit, “Unit 6: Queries, Synopsis & [RE]Search,” we will review the processes of submitting to agents and publishers. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

HISTORICAL FICTION WORKSHOP 
The course objective is to prepare writers, of all levels, with the skills necessary to complete a historical fiction — short story or novel chapter. We will explore a variety of topics geared to learning how to research your novel, and how to incorporate history into setting, characters, and plot. The class will consist of research and world building exercises, analysis of popular historical fiction. Students will develop either a short story or a work-in-progress novel throughout the weeks. Students will leave with a thorough understanding of the historic novel, and feel confident to create a work of their own, hopefully building on the piece developed in workshop. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE UNDEAD WORKSHOP 
We will read and view excerpts of undead works such as Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, Day of the Dead, The Walking Dead and more. We will also use some of my favorite writing and craft techniques tailored to bringing out the best in your character-based fiction. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE BINOCULAR VISION WORKSHOP 
Edith Pearlman’s fiction has won three O. Henry Prizes and has appeared three times in Best American Short Stories, twice in The Pushcart Prize, and once in New Stories from the South. She is the author of three previous story collections: Vaquita (winner of the Drue Heinz Prize for Literature), Love Among the Greats (winner of the Spokane Fiction Award), and How to Fall (winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize). She lives in Boston, Massachusetts. ENROLL FOR $5 (Cancel Anytime)

THE BEATS WORKSHOP
Counterculture, experimentation, sexuality and rhythm mark the phenomena known as The Beat Generation. Seminal works such as Ginsberg’s Howl, Burrough’s Naked Lunch and Kerouac’s On the Road created national shifts that not only broke down aesthetic boundaries but also social boundaries. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

SPIRIT OF WRITING WORKSHOP
“Spirit of Writing” is a gentle introduction to the identity and declaration of being a professional writer, in a style designed to fire confidence and confirm a practice. No matter what level you have written to, no matter how long you have waited and no matter if you are starting again after a setback, you will finish with new belief in yourself and serious respect for what you bring to the table with your pen. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

MINDFULNESS & WRITING WORKSHOPS
Stories live in the body and the present moment.  In this course, we will use both writing as a way to check in more deeply with life and ourselves AND mindfulness techniques to drop deeper into our body narratives (breath awareness, body scans, how this can inform what we pen). By the end of the course you will have new tools for facilitating writing and drafts of poetry, fiction and/or personal essays. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

HYBRID: CRAFTING, PUBLISHING & PROMOTING HYBRID WORK
Hybrid writing is the study of and creation of works with a structural and aesthetic emphasis on crossing boundaries: redaction, lyric essay, prose poetry, intermedia and more. Join us and push beyond the parameters and into the edges of literary while learning which editors and venues are looking for hybrid works. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

LITERARY MATCHMAKING WORKSHOP
How do you find journals, editors and agents for your writing project? By exploring industry resources, you will learn how to research and choose the best venues for your work. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

BREAKING RULES: WHEN AND HOW TO LEAVE LINGUISTIC CONVENTIONS BEHIND
We will explore linguistic techniques and devices in both written and visual works such as The Road and Inglorious Bastards. Our focus will be to study and practice contemporary, surgical, linguistic rule-breaking so to discover our own “rebel linguists” and individual forms of creative voice. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

[EM]POWERING SELF IN FICTION, POETRY, CREATIVE NONFICTION AND HYBRID WORKSHOP
This gender and diversity narrative project takes its title from Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman but it does not stop at gender. This workshop  is open to all forms: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and hybrid. It is open to all genders, identities and backgrounds. In this course we will explore how progressive experiences with cultures, both our own and others, inform our voice in both the artistic expression of voice and the voice we give to self. It is our intention to give power over self, not others. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE IMPORTANCE OF FOLLOWING SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES WORKSHOP
In this submission guidelines course, you will learn from published authors, editors and instructors on how to follow the Universal Manuscript Format. You will explore why following individual journal guidelines is so very important to the success of your works. You will also receive behind the scenes advice from editors. Join published authors and editors from Eckleburg, Nervous Breakdown, Baltimore Review and more! ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE AWP SURVIVAL GUIDE: HOW TO HAVE FUN WITHOUT MAKING A COMPLETE IDIOT OF YOURSELF
This AWP Workshop is a self-directed primer for enjoying, surviving and getting the most out of your AWP experience. In this survival guide you will find veteran “How to” tips, promotional advice and links for helpful apps and practical resources used and recommended by Eckleburg instructors. Whether you are new to AWP or an ol’ pro, this guide offers a knowledge base you will find both practical and geared toward your successful experience. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

ONE ON ONE WORKSHOP (ADDITIONAL FEES)
$.05 a word for prose. Submit your manuscript below for review. We will be in touch within 24 hours to discuss your project and match you with an Eckleburg editor. ENROLL FOR $.05 A WORD


POETRY WRITING WORKSHOPS

THE POETRY WORKSHOP
In this course, you will explore the musicality, sensuality, forms and dance of poetry. Write new poems and open up your old poems with fresh eyes and new revision tools. The course modules are accessible for both master and beginning poets with an eye toward organic voice and diversity of aesthetic and style. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE POETRY CHAPBOOK WORKSHOP 
“The Poetry Chapbook Workshop” provides students with the tools for forming and submitting poetry chapbooks. Lessons will focus on identifying what makes a chapbook, exploring your voice in the chapbook medium, choosing and ordering poems within your chapbook and research publishers. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

WRITING THE SHORT POEM WORKSHOP 
In “Writing the Short Poem,” we will focus on narrative poems, stanza work, prose poetry and more. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE BEATS WORKSHOP
Counterculture, experimentation, sexuality and rhythm mark the phenomena known as The Beat Generation. Seminal works such as Ginsberg’s Howl, Burrough’s Naked Lunch and Kerouac’s On the Road created national shifts that not only broke down aesthetic boundaries but also social boundaries. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

SPIRIT OF WRITING WORKSHOP
“Spirit of Writing” is a gentle introduction to the identity and declaration of being a professional writer, in a style designed to fire confidence and confirm a practice. No matter what level you have written to, no matter how long you have waited and no matter if you are starting again after a setback, you will finish with new belief in yourself and serious respect for what you bring to the table with your pen. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

MINDFULNESS & WRITING WORKSHOPS
Stories live in the body and the present moment.  In this course, we will use both writing as a way to check in more deeply with life and ourselves AND mindfulness techniques to drop deeper into our body narratives (breath awareness, body scans, how this can inform what we pen). By the end of the course you will have new tools for facilitating writing and drafts of poetry, fiction and/or personal essays. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

HYBRID: CRAFTING, PUBLISHING & PROMOTING HYBRID WORK
Hybrid writing is the study of and creation of works with a structural and aesthetic emphasis on crossing boundaries: redaction, lyric essay, prose poetry, intermedia and more. Join us and push beyond the parameters and into the edges of literary while learning which editors and venues are looking for hybrid works. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

LITERARY MATCHMAKING WORKSHOP
How do you find journals, editors and agents for your writing project? By exploring industry resources, you will learn how to research and choose the best venues for your work. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

BREAKING RULES: WHEN AND HOW TO LEAVE LINGUISTIC CONVENTIONS BEHIND
We will explore linguistic techniques and devices in both written and visual works such as The Road and Inglorious Bastards. Our focus will be to study and practice contemporary, surgical, linguistic rule-breaking so to discover our own “rebel linguists” and individual forms of creative voice. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

[EM]POWERING SELF IN FICTION, POETRY, CREATIVE NONFICTION AND HYBRID WORKSHOP
This gender and diversity narrative project takes its title from Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman but it does not stop at gender. This workshop  is open to all forms: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and hybrid. It is open to all genders, identities and backgrounds. In this course we will explore how progressive experiences with cultures, both our own and others, inform our voice in both the artistic expression of voice and the voice we give to self. It is our intention to give power over self, not others. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE IMPORTANCE OF FOLLOWING SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES WORKSHOP
In this submission guidelines course, you will learn from published authors, editors and instructors on how to follow the Universal Manuscript Format. You will explore why following individual journal guidelines is so very important to the success of your works. You will also receive behind the scenes advice from editors. Join published authors and editors from Eckleburg, Nervous Breakdown, Baltimore Review and more! ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE AWP SURVIVAL GUIDE: HOW TO HAVE FUN WITHOUT MAKING A COMPLETE IDIOT OF YOURSELF
This AWP Workshop is a self-directed primer for enjoying, surviving and getting the most out of your AWP experience. In this survival guide you will find veteran “How to” tips, promotional advice and links for helpful apps and practical resources used and recommended by Eckleburg instructors. Whether you are new to AWP or an ol’ pro, this guide offers a knowledge base you will find both practical and geared toward your successful experience. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime) 


ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOPS

ONE ONE ONE WORKSHOP (ADDITIONAL FEES)
$.05 a word for prose. Submit your manuscript below for review. We will be in touch within 24 hours to discuss your project and match you with an Eckleburg editor. ENROLL FOR $.05 A WORD

Essays, Personal, Lyrical, Bodily 
Tell your story. Discover and explore your organic voice and share your personal, lyrical and body narratives in gripping and essential ways. This essay writing workshop will teach you how to not only compose your narratives, but also how to make your narratives compelling. This workshop will focus on how to create narrative flow within your essay, improve craft techniques such as pace and rhythm, find the best structure to suit your narrative, and revision. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

Modern Memoir 
Join us for the Modern Memoir workshop, where you will explore personal experiences in narrative form. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE BEATS WORKSHOP
Counterculture, experimentation, sexuality and rhythm mark the phenomena known as The Beat Generation. Seminal works such as Ginsberg’s Howl, Burrough’s Naked Lunch and Kerouac’s On the Road created national shifts that not only broke down aesthetic boundaries but also social boundaries. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

SPIRIT OF WRITING WORKSHOP
“Spirit of Writing” is a gentle introduction to the identity and declaration of being a professional writer, in a style designed to fire confidence and confirm a practice. No matter what level you have written to, no matter how long you have waited and no matter if you are starting again after a setback, you will finish with new belief in yourself and serious respect for what you bring to the table with your pen. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

MINDFULNESS & WRITING WORKSHOPS
Stories live in the body and the present moment.  In this course, we will use both writing as a way to check in more deeply with life and ourselves AND mindfulness techniques to drop deeper into our body narratives (breath awareness, body scans, how this can inform what we pen). By the end of the course you will have new tools for facilitating writing and drafts of poetry, fiction and/or personal essays. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

HYBRID: CRAFTING, PUBLISHING & PROMOTING HYBRID WORK
Hybrid writing is the study of and creation of works with a structural and aesthetic emphasis on crossing boundaries: redaction, lyric essay, prose poetry, intermedia and more. Join us and push beyond the parameters and into the edges of literary while learning which editors and venues are looking for hybrid works. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

LITERARY MATCHMAKING WORKSHOP
How do you find journals, editors and agents for your writing project? By exploring industry resources, you will learn how to research and choose the best venues for your work. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

BREAKING RULES: WHEN AND HOW TO LEAVE LINGUISTIC CONVENTIONS BEHIND
We will explore linguistic techniques and devices in both written and visual works such as The Road and Inglorious Bastards. Our focus will be to study and practice contemporary, surgical, linguistic rule-breaking so to discover our own “rebel linguists” and individual forms of creative voice. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

[EM]POWERING SELF IN FICTION, POETRY, CREATIVE NONFICTION AND HYBRID WORKSHOP
This gender and diversity narrative project takes its title from Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman but it does not stop at gender. This workshop  is open to all forms: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and hybrid. It is open to all genders, identities and backgrounds. In this course we will explore how progressive experiences with cultures, both our own and others, inform our voice in both the artistic expression of voice and the voice we give to self. It is our intention to give power over self, not others. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE IMPORTANCE OF FOLLOWING SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES WORKSHOP
In this submission guidelines course, you will learn from published authors, editors and instructors on how to follow the Universal Manuscript Format. You will explore why following individual journal guidelines is so very important to the success of your works. You will also receive behind the scenes advice from editors. Join published authors and editors from Eckleburg, Nervous Breakdown, Baltimore Review and more! ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE AWP SURVIVAL GUIDE: HOW TO HAVE FUN WITHOUT MAKING A COMPLETE IDIOT OF YOURSELF
This AWP Workshop is a self-directed primer for enjoying, surviving and getting the most out of your AWP experience. In this survival guide you will find veteran “How to” tips, promotional advice and links for helpful apps and practical resources used and recommended by Eckleburg instructors. Whether you are new to AWP or an ol’ pro, this guide offers a knowledge base you will find both practical and geared toward your successful experience. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

ONE ON ONE WORKSHOP (ADDITIONAL FEES)
$.05 a word for prose. Submit your manuscript below for review. We will be in touch within 24 hours to discuss your project and match you with an Eckleburg editor. ENROLL FOR $.05 A WORD


& MORE WORKSHOPS

BREAKING BOOKS: HOW TO GET STARTED AS A BOOK REVIEWER 
This course will walk you through the basics of writing, pitching, and publishing book reviews. We will discuss the many ways book reviews are valuable for literary citizenship, networking, and building relationships within the publishing community. Assignments will include submissions bombing (in which you will craft work for interested markets), drafting pitches, and mapping the ways that reviews can help accomplish one’s goals for one’s own creative work. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE FINE ART OF APPLICATION WRITING 
This course will walk you through the basics of writing convincing and persuasive applications to fellowships, grants, and other opportunities. To begin, simply locate the course lessons at the bottom of this page. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

SCREENWRITING I: FOUNDATIONS, CHARACTERIZATIONS & ARC WORKSHOP 
In “Screenwriting I,” we will focus on series scripts and film scripts with a study of scenes from Psycho, Homeland, House of Lies, Winter’s Bone, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, and more. You will work with Final Draft 9, preferred screenwriting software to begin new work and/or further explore existing work. If you do not have the Final Draft 9 software, you will be able to download a free, one-month trial version. In this workshop, you will write a five to seven page short film script for potential reworking into a feature length. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE BEATS WORKSHOP
Counterculture, experimentation, sexuality and rhythm mark the phenomena known as The Beat Generation. Seminal works such as Ginsberg’s Howl, Burrough’s Naked Lunch and Kerouac’s On the Road created national shifts that not only broke down aesthetic boundaries but also social boundaries. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

SPIRIT OF WRITING WORKSHOP
“Spirit of Writing” is a gentle introduction to the identity and declaration of being a professional writer, in a style designed to fire confidence and confirm a practice. No matter what level you have written to, no matter how long you have waited and no matter if you are starting again after a setback, you will finish with new belief in yourself and serious respect for what you bring to the table with your pen. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

MINDFULNESS & WRITING WORKSHOPS
Stories live in the body and the present moment.  In this course, we will use both writing as a way to check in more deeply with life and ourselves AND mindfulness techniques to drop deeper into our body narratives (breath awareness, body scans, how this can inform what we pen). By the end of the course you will have new tools for facilitating writing and drafts of poetry, fiction and/or personal essays. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

HYBRID: CRAFTING, PUBLISHING & PROMOTING HYBRID WORK
Hybrid writing is the study of and creation of works with a structural and aesthetic emphasis on crossing boundaries: redaction, lyric essay, prose poetry, intermedia and more. Join us and push beyond the parameters and into the edges of literary while learning which editors and venues are looking for hybrid works. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

LITERARY MATCHMAKING WORKSHOP
How do you find journals, editors and agents for your writing project? By exploring industry resources, you will learn how to research and choose the best venues for your work. ENROLL FOR $5 (Cancel Anytime)

BREAKING RULES: WHEN AND HOW TO LEAVE LINGUISTIC CONVENTIONS BEHIND
We will explore linguistic techniques and devices in both written and visual works such as The Road and Inglorious Bastards. Our focus will be to study and practice contemporary, surgical, linguistic rule-breaking so to discover our own “rebel linguists” and individual forms of creative voice. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

[EM]POWERING SELF IN FICTION, POETRY, CREATIVE NONFICTION AND HYBRID WORKSHOP
This gender and diversity narrative project takes its title from Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman but it does not stop at gender. This workshop  is open to all forms: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and hybrid. It is open to all genders, identities and backgrounds. In this course we will explore how progressive experiences with cultures, both our own and others, inform our voice in both the artistic expression of voice and the voice we give to self. It is our intention to give power over self, not others. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE IMPORTANCE OF FOLLOWING SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES WORKSHOP
In this submission guidelines course, you will learn from published authors, editors and instructors on how to follow the Universal Manuscript Format. You will explore why following individual journal guidelines is so very important to the success of your works. You will also receive behind the scenes advice from editors. Join published authors and editors from Eckleburg, Nervous Breakdown, Baltimore Review and more! ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

THE AWP SURVIVAL GUIDE: HOW TO HAVE FUN WITHOUT MAKING A COMPLETE IDIOT OF YOURSELF
This AWP Workshop is a self-directed primer for enjoying, surviving and getting the most out of your AWP experience. In this survival guide you will find veteran “How to” tips, promotional advice and links for helpful apps and practical resources used and recommended by Eckleburg instructors. Whether you are new to AWP or an ol’ pro, this guide offers a knowledge base you will find both practical and geared toward your successful experience. ENROLL FOR $5 A MONTH (Cancel Anytime)

ONE ON ONE WORKSHOP (ADDITIONAL FEES)
$.05 a word for prose. Submit your manuscript below for review. We will be in touch within 24 hours to discuss your project and match you with an Eckleburg editor. ENROLL FOR $.05 A WORD