Downtown Library Offering Writers’ Workshop Focused on Getting Published

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (September 15, 2017) - Manatee County Public Libraries is rolling out a new free writers’ workshop to help people find publications for their short stories and poems. “The Process of Publishing: How to Submit Prose and Poetry” will provide the tools to research, shop and understand the literary marketplace.


 The class will be taught by Julieanna Blackwell, an editor for Manatee Libraries’ 805 Literary + Arts Journal. Blackwell’s stories have appeared in several publications, including Lunch Ticket, Thrice Fiction Magazine, Ragazine CC and as a regular feature in SCENE Magazine’s yearly “Beach Read” issues. The Naples Daily News published her humorous column of personal essays, and she was a finalist for the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Award.


The classes will be held on Wednesdays, from October 18 to November 8 from 6 to 8 PM at Downtown Library located at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton 34205.


The four-part class will be broken down as follows:


Class One: The Market

Defining different genres/styles; introduction to different journals; self publishing; and the manuscript “pitch.”


Class Two: The Property

What makes a story/poem; how to workshop a story; how to find a local workshop and a local writing group; self editing; the editing process; and manuscript sharing.


Class Three: The Submission

Cover letter do’s and don’ts; bio do’s and don’ts; formatting guidelines; the waiting period; follow up; developing a strategy


Class Four: The Post Submission

How to organize and keep track of submissions; what to do with rejection and the level of rejection letters; what to do with a request to publish; how to handle edits; understanding contracts and rights; and promotions


Spaces are limited. Registration is required by calling Jyna Johnson, Program Coordinator, at 941-748-5555, x6308, or emailing


About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and 2013 “Library Innovation” winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. For more information, call Downtown Library at (941) 748-5555, ext. 6307. For more information on Manatee County Public Library System, visit, follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instragram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit, or twitter @ManateeGov