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Dana Shavin


CLASS 1: So You Want to be a Writer

Dana Shavin

Dana Shavin's essays and articles have appeared in Garden and Gun, Oxford American, The Sun,, Psychology Today, Parade, Bark, The Writer, PBS's Next Avenue, AARP's The Ethel, Fourth Genre, Appalachian Review, storySouth, Alaska Quarterly Review, Chatter, Get Out, and numerous other commercial and literary magazines (full publishing history at She is an award-winning humor columnist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the author of a memoir, The Body Tourist: A Memoir of Hunger and the Search for Home (Little Feather Books, 2014), and of Finding the World: Thoughts on Life, Love, Home and Dogs, a collection of her most popular columns spanning twenty years. She has conducted writing workshops at the Meacham Writers Workshop, Keystone College in PA, and at Chattanooga State, and has been a guest speaker at fundraisers, book clubs, writers’ groups, colleges, and alternative worship centers. She was a therapist for many years, and is a Certified Professional Life Coach.

MACC is pleased to offer a selection of writing and publishing classes from local Chattanooga Times Free Press columnist and freelance writer, Dana Shavin (bio below). 

So You Want to be a Writer: Where to Publish What You Write  

April 8th - 10am

 This class will offer a comprehensive overview of the multitude of publishing outlets that exist for aspiring writers. We will cover literary journals, commercial magazines, column and opinion writing, blogging, and travel writing. I will talk about submission protocols for each, do's and don'ts of submitting and talking to editors, how to write a cover letter, handling rejection, and the very real value of persistence. Included in the course cost is the offer to edit/discuss (via email) one COVER LETTER or PITCH for each student, to be redeemed within a month of taking the course. 

Class Duration: 2 Hours  

Cost: $45 (includes editing of cover or pitch letter) 

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