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Workshops at Polyphony

I.  National Editor Training Workshops (NET)

Polyphony is committed not only to providing editorial feedback on every submission, but is also devoted to training skilled editors. Our National Editor’s Training Workshops (NET) are a vital part of the training process.  The workshops focus on the craft of literary editing, focusing on advanced skills in poetry, fiction and literary non-fiction. The goal of the NET workshop is to prepare rising 9th-12th grade students for leadership roles on the editorial staff of Polyphony or on his or her school literary magazine, and to prepare graduating seniors for leadership roles on university-based literary magazines.  In 2018 we are offering three 2-Day Summer NET Workshops in our Chicago-area office. We will also offer seven international online NET Workshops (ioNet) throughout the year.

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Polyphony H.S. NET Training Workshops are held in our Evanston, Illinois offices



The 2-Day Summer NET Workshop

The 2-day NET workshop provides in-depth editorial training and mentoring by professional writers and editors. Participants in these summer NET Workshops will automatically serve as Second Readers on the National Editorial Staff of Polyphony for the new submission season which begins each July.  The workshop fee is $575 and includes a welcome meal for editors and their families, readings by Chicago-based authors, and two intensive days of instruction. Out of town participants can be housed with local editors at no additional cost. Limited financial aid is available.

  • For a downloadable description of the 2-day summer program, click here.
  • For a sample schedule of the workshop, click here.

Join Us!

Summer 2018 workshops will be held on:

  • June 12 -13,  1 pm to 6 pm (please note that this is an afternoon and early evening workshop);
  • August 1 & 2, 10 am to 4 pm;
  • August 9 & 10, 1 pm to 6 pm (please note that this is an afternoon and early evening workshop).

*All workshops begin with a Welcome Dinner for participants and parents on the evening before the daily workshop. 

Register for a 2-day NET Workshop Here


The international online NET Workshop (ioNET)

The ioNET Workshop provides the same content-rich editorial training to prospective and current editors as the Chicago-based NET Workshop, except that you can participate from the comfort of your home state or country. Students work on-line at their own pace during this weeklong course but will be expected to finish by the end of the workshop week. Scheduled group Skype meetings with Polyphony’s Managing Editor, Billy Lombardo or staff faculty will give participants the opportunity to interact directly with magazine staff and peers. Students who successfully complete ioNET will start editing as a Second Reader on our international editorial board.

The workshop fee is $250.

  • For a downloadable description of the workshop, click here.

Join Us!

Summer 2018 ioNet  workshops will be held on:

  • February 18-26, 2018
  • March 18-26, 2018
  • April 1-9, 2018
  • May 20-28, 2018
  • June 10-18, 2018
  • July 1-9, 2018
  • August 12-20, 2018

Register for the ioNET Workshop Here




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