header top

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 2016 we are offering one fall 1-Day NET Workshop and three  2-Day Summer NET Workshops in our Chicago-area offices. We will also offer three of the (NEW!) international online NET Workshop (ioNet) in the summer of 2016.

Polyphony H.S. Office Image

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 2016 workshops will be held on:

  • June 13 to 15, 2016m 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • August 2 to 4, 2016, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • August 10 to 1, 2016, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Register here for one of the summer 2-day workshops


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 as well as current Polyphony student editors 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 $200.

  • For a downloadable description of the workshop, click here.
  • For a suggested pacing of this one week workshop, click here.

Join Us!

Summer 2016 ioNet  workshops will be held on:

  • July 4-10, 2016
  • July 11-17, 2016
  • July 18-24, 2016
  • August 15-21, 2016

Register here for one of the summer ioNET workshops


II. Summer Fiction Writer’s Workshops

In this reading and writing intensive workshop, participants will be introduced to, and immersed in the features of fiction as demonstrated by masters of the craft. Through directed writing exercises, close readings, discussions, and peer workshops designed to help young writers see more clearly, and understand more profoundly, the effect of authorial choices in their writing. The goal of this workshop is open the eyes and creative minds of each participant in ways that will alter their approach to reading and writing forever. The workshop fee is $500.

  • During the Summer 2016 we will offer two 4-day workshops
  • For a downloadable description of the Summer Writer’s Workshop, click here.
  • For a sample schedule of the Writer’s Workshop, click here.

Join Us!

Register here for a summer Fiction Writer’s Workshop.



A student-run national literary magazine for high school writers and editors