The Mark is a rigorous manuscript finishing school for Emerging Voices alumni. Each year the program offers two cycles, one for Fiction/Nonfiction and one for Poetry. Three to four applicants are chosen for each cycle. Project Defense, Mid-Project Review, and Final Review are all mandatory components of the program.
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The next application period will open in the spring of 2014.
The Mark is seeking program applicants whose manuscripts are either completed or near completion.
Please note: Full manuscript will be required for faculty review before interview date.
Alan Watt is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and publisher. The 90-Day Novel, Watt’s nonfiction guide to writing, was published in 2010. His novel Diamond Dogs (Little, Brown) was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and was recognized in the New York Times list of “New and Notable Books.” Diamond Dogs has won numerous awards, including France’s 2004 Prix Printemps. Watt recently adapted Diamond Dogs for the French film company Quad. In 2002, Watt founded LA Writers’ Lab to help writers of all levels unlock the story within. His 90-Day Novel workshops in Los Angeles are now taught online to writers worldwide. Writers Tribe Books, his publishing venture, will release four works of literary fiction in the winter of 2012.
Anna Journey is the author of the collection, If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series. Her poems are published in American Poetry Review, FIELD, Kenyon Review, and Shenandoah, and her essays appear in At Length, Blackbird, Notes on Contemporary Literature, Parnassus, and Plath Profiles. Journey holds a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston, and she currently teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California. She recently received a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The application period for the next Fiction/Nonfiction cycle is now closed.
Mehnaz Turner was born in Pakistan and raised in Southern California. She holds degrees from the University of Arizona, The University of Texas at Austin, and UC Santa Barbara. She is a 2009 Emerging Voices Fellow in Poetry. Her short story, "The Alphabet Workbook," appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as The Journal of Pakistan Studies, The Pedestal Magazine, and An Anthology of California Poets. An English teacher, she lives in Southern California.
A note on the Poetry cycle: The Mark will not offer a Poetry cycle this year, as we are planning some exciting changes in that genre.
Emerging Voices Alumni, totaling 119 writers to date, continue to make their mark in the literary world. Below is a sampling of where their work has appeared, honors they have received, and events/venues where they have read or had their work performed.
Marytza Rubio is a writer from Santa Ana, CA. She was a 2008 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow and the 2010 Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholar in Fiction. Marytza live s in Los Angeles and can be visited at www.marytzakrubio.com.
The 2011 Mark Program, our rigorous, manuscript finishing school for Emerging Voices alumni, is well underway with an impressive roster of writers and mentors. We are pleased to present this interview with Diana Wagman, a current instructor for the program.
The 2011 Mark Program, our rigorous manuscript finishing school for Emerging Voices alumni, is well underway and we are pleased to share this interview with Eduardo Santiago, a participant in the program.
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