Why Books, Why Now?
a publishing workshop
by Daniel Lisi
This workshop is designed to give authors an insight into the business makings of an independent publishing house. The desired outcome is for participants to gain a better understanding of what publishers look for and how to better engage with the systems that exist around selling your work.
- How does a publishing house survive, and why is it important for authors to understand the business side of the press they’re working with?
- Key points on booksellers, distributors, and printers.
- What does Not a Cult look for in the folks they work with?
- Key lessons, pivots, and bets that Not a Cult has made.
- Building a platform for sustainable creativity.
- Submitting work, pitching, and cold calls.
The workshop instructor is Daniel Lisi, co-founder of Not a Cult. Lisi has worked in the book world for eight years across multiple structures and has been a part of a selection committee for literary submissions every year since 2010. Why Books, Why Now? has taken place twice in Los Angeles, and we’ve decided to open up the program to folks not based in LA.
The workshop will take place June 29 at 10:00am PST and again on July 6 at 10:00am PST. Both workshops will be the same.
Each class is $25.
SLAM: The Spoken Literature Art Movement series
a performance & literary craft workshop
by Alyesha Wise & Matthew Hernandez
Not a Cult & Art Share L.A. have teamed up with Alyesha Wise and Matthew Cuban Hernandez to bring you S.L.A.M., the Spoken Language Art Movement workshop series. This series has been active for two years, serving more than one hundred students.
This 12-week workshop facilitated by Alyesha Wise and Matthew Cuban Hernandez offers extensive development in the creative dimensions of being a poet; understanding the physical nuances of performance poetry, honing your technical abilities, and utilizing your personal narrative to assist in identifying your voice as a writer.
Guest lecturers will accompany the courses to share their expertise in a wide range of literary subjects. Past guests have included (but are not limited to!) Tonya Ingram, Edwin Bodney, Yesika Salgado, Beau Sia and Shihan Van Clief.
Additionally, the course brings in business elements to create a better understanding of how to sustainably develop a career around your work; planning tours, what to look out for in creative contracts, and how to leverage the process of publishing.