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Classes at the Big Blue Marble

Would you like to hold a class in our community room? For queries and scheduling, email or call 215-844-1870.

Current/upcoming classes (details below):


Classes with Elliott batTzedek

1. Publishing for Poets
Print journals, online journals, famous journals, upstart journals, submission services, contests, open reading periods -- how's a poet supposed to navigate all of this and still have time to write? In this 2 hour workshop, Elliott will introduce you to the world of poetry publications and help you learn to

  • find the right match for your work
  • avoid publication scams
  • stay away from high fees
  • know where to begin your search for submission calls and reading periods

Teacher: Elliott batTzedek, MFA, founder of Poetry Business Manager.
Dates: Wednesday, February 3, 7:00pm. Repeated on first Wednesdays of the month.
Cost: $25. Preregistration is required. To register, email:

2. Get Your Work In Print Support Group for Poets
Do you mean to send out your work, but find the process overwhelming? Come work with other poets to learn to make a submissions plan and stick to it! Led by Elliott batTzedek of Poetry Business Manager, this group is for poets who are ready to get their work into journals and magazines. Meeting every other week for 8 sessions, the group will help you:

  1. Learn to use powerful online tools for identifying markets for your work
  2. Develop strategies to track your submissions
  3. Explore anthologies, special topic issues, and other targeted markets
  4. Build a submission plan and stick to it
  5. Share ideas and leads with other local writers
The group will meet every other Sunday from 6-8 pm, starting February 21st.
Cost: The cost is $200. Email to find out more.
Dates: Feb 21st, March 6th, March 20th, April 3rd, April 17th, May 1st, May 15th, May 29th

Poetry Business Manager is a poetry and manuscript submission service that helps writers move their work from screen to print.
Elliott batTzedek holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University; her translation manuscript of "Dance of the Lunatic" by the Israeli Jewish lesbian writer Shez won the 2012 Robert Bly Translation prize, judged by Martha Collins. She is the events coordinator for Big Blue Marble Bookstore, cofounder of QuillsEdge Press: Indispensable Poetry by Women Over 50, and founder of Poetry Business Manager. Her work appears or is forthcoming in the journals Sakura Review, American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, Naugatuck River Review, Lambda Literary Online, and Sinister Wisdom, and in the anthologies Passageways: the 2012 Two Lines Translation Anthology, and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. Her chapbook The Enkindled Coal of My Tongue is forthcoming from Wicked Banshee Press. She blogs about poetry and translation at

Story Corners with Cordelia Jensen

No classes currently planned. Check back in the spring for more information.

Writing News:
Submission period is open for local kids' literary journal Mt. Airy Musers! We are looking for stories, poetry and art by 8-14 year old artists and writers. There will be a reading at the bookstore when the journal goes on sale in 2017.
Please email submissions and questions to With your submission, please also include contact info and an author bio. Both art and writing submissions are due November 1st.

About Cordelia: Cordelia Jensen is a YA Writer; her novel in verse SKYSCRAPING is forthcoming in June 2015 from Philomel/Penguin. Cordelia Jensen graduated in 2012 with a MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Cordelia graduated from Kenyon College where she majored in English, with a Concentration in Creative Writing. Cordelia was Poet Laureate of Perry County in 2006 & 2007. She has also had nonfiction work appear in Literary Mama. Cordelia has worked with young people for most of her career; with a Masters of Education in Counseling, she has worked as a counselor and teacher and spent ten summers as a camp counselor in Central PA. Cordelia lives in West Mt. Airy with her husband, Jon, and twin nine-year-olds, Tate and Lily.

Minter Krotzer's Writing Workshops

1. Memoir Workshop:
An essential workshop for those embarking upon writing a memoir or for those already in the midst, or those interested in writing memoiristic essays and shorts. Minter will provide many useful tools for navigating the terrain of one's life, and for generating material and a narrative; finding the stories in one's life stories. There will be weekly assignments and readings, along with group feedback about the writing shared. The workshop will conclude with a private consultation with Minter. This workshop is open to all levels of writers.
Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm, for twelve meetings, from September 20th-December 6th, $450
Saturday mornings from 11am-1pm, for eight meetings, from October 15th-December 10th, $300

2. Life Stories II Writing Workshop:
A revision-based workshop for those ready to share writing beyond the first draft, focusing on polishing individual pieces of writing and/or shaping manuscripts for submission. Open to writers of nonfiction, fiction, and prose poetry. There will be some opportunities to generate new material, but the primary focus will be on working with existing writing. Discussion of craft and selected readings will be included, ending with a private writing consultation with Minter.
Note: a work sample is required for admission to this workshop.
Wednesday evenings from 7:15-9:15pm, the first and third Wednesday of the month, for eight meetings, from September 21st-December 21st (including November 30th), $300

3. Publishing Seminar:
An informational seminar about submitting writing for publication in literary magazines (both on-line and in print). The session will include the basics of sending writing to magazines, as well as information about publications looking for new writers. At the end of the session, I will share details about writing conferences and artist residencies. The seminar will include a booklet for you to have as a reference.
Saturday, October 29th from 3-5pm, $40 (including a materials fee). Note: Payment in full is required prior to this seminar.

Workshop Registration Details: If you are interested in registering for a workshop, or if you have a question about it, please email Minter at A $50 deposit, which will be applied to the workshop fee, will be required to secure a spot. The full workshop fee is due at the first meeting unless a payment plan has been set up. Payment can be made with a check, cash, or Paypal. It is recommended to register soon since space is limited. Please note that deposits are unrefundable and the full workshop fee is only refundable when the participant has withdrawn prior to the second meeting.

Individual Writing Consultations and Editing with Minter
Minter is also available for private writing consultations, coaching and editing.
If you are interested, please contact her at

About Minter: Minter Krotzer's prose has been published in many publications and book anthologies, including Ars Medica, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The American Journal of Nursing, Many Mountains Moving, The Saint Ann's Review, The Arkansas Review, Upstreet, Night Train, Before and After: Stories from New York (WW Norton 2002), Louisiana in Words (Pelican Press), God Stories (Random House 2008), and Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Twenty-Five Words or Fewer (WW Norton). She has received creative writing fellowships at the New School, where she received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction, Bennington College, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Squaw Valley Writers Conference, the Moulin à Nef in France and Ragdale. She teaches the Life Stories writing workshops at Big Blue Marble bookstore, and she blogs about writing and Parkinson's on

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