Thursday, July 15, 2021

Curious about Curating?

Janet (Wong) and I are jumping into a new venture-- leading online workshops! After 10 years of collaborating and 10+ anthologies of poetry published, we've learned a few things along the way. We have presented together in-person at conferences and teacher workshops MANY times and always get lots of questions about HOW we do what we do, so we thought we might use this crazy Zoom tool to share the things we have learned with others. Come join us! 

Our workshop will include the following components:

Anthologies 101

Presented by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

Thursday, August 12, 2021   

Noon - 2pm (Eastern)   


    Publishing Goals

Having single poems published in anthologies

Creating anthologies to submit to traditional publishers

Creating your own indie-published anthologies of new poems

Curating previously-published poems in new anthologies

Creating anthologies of student work

    Content Creation

Poetry versus Poetry PLUS

Front and back matter

Illustrated/decorated or text-only

Choose a theme for your own anthology 

A discussion of:

A World Full of Poems by Sylvia Vardell

The Poetry Friday Anthology by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

The Poetry of Science by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

   Collecting and Evaluating Submissions

Reprinting poems

Open call

Requesting poems

Evaluating submissions

Diversity and inclusion

    Nuts and Bolts

Printing issues (print-on-demand, small print runs, e-books, etc.)

Legal and financial considerations

Publicity and promotion

    And lots of Q+A

If you're interested in joining us, email

Meanwhile, head on over to Nix the Comfort Zone where Molly is hosting our Poetry Friday fun. 

One last plug for our Anthologies 101 workshop:


Janet Wong said...

It makes me feel great that we've already had such FABULOUS response to this workshop! I am looking forward to the challenge of addressing the wide range of interests, from people whose primary goal is simply having one poem included in an anthology, to people who want to learn more about the financial, legal, and design aspects of putting together an indie project of their own. I also plan to talk about a couple of student anthologies that were put on Amazon to raise funds for charity. (One of them raised $1000 for the charity.) We could talk for 20 hours about anthologies-—right, Sylvia?

Sylvia Vardell said...

Absolutely true, Janet! Once we get started, it's hard to get us to STOP talking! And after 10 years of collaborating and trying all kinds of new things with every project, we have a LOT to share! I keep adding to my list! But mostly it will be so fun to connect with people who love poetry like we do and to help them in any way we can. More poets! More poetry! YES!

Jone said...

So excited to be joining you for this. Thanks for this opportunity. #alwayslearning

Elisabeth said...

What an exciting opportunity! Thank you for making this available online.

Carol Varsalona said...

What an amazing online workshop you are presenting, Sylvia and Janet. Thank you for always sharing your extensive body of knowledge.

Mary Lee said...

You two are a wellspring of creativity and knowledge!

Linda Mitchell said...

Oh, I want to very much....but, I'm back to work at school by that time. If, by any chance I could join a workshop on a weekend...or at AASL some year (hint. hint) Or after work hours, I would love to. Thank you for taking your resources to the internets. The two of you are powerhouses of creativity and encouragement and poetry. Send me a raincheck, please!

Janet Wong said...

Linda Mitchell: Please send us an email at because there is a slight possibility that we're going to offer a repeat session on a Saturday in September. If so, we'll let you know, OK?

Linda said...

I'm excited about you new venture. You two are the best!

Diane Mayr said...

I'm looking forward to your offering a repeat session since I won't be able to make this one. Have fun lucky attendees!

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thanks, everyone, for your sweet comments and support! We're excited about trying something new and learning from all of YOU too!

mbhmaine said...

I love the energy of your post and your enthusiasm for sharing all that you've learned along the way. I wish I could join in the fun, but there are few "empty" days in my August and the 12th isn't one of them. I do hope that you spread the word if you're able to offer a repeat session. Thanks for sharing the news today!

Susan T. said...

Hi, Sylvia! I've just jumped back into Poetry Friday (and blogging, for that matter) after a long time, and it's so fun to see this here. Your workshop sounds great!

Margaret Simon said...

I'm teaching then as well. Please offer another during after hours or on a Saturday. Thanks!

Carol Labuzzetta said...

Definitely interested. Emailing the contact now. Thanks!