Finding Your Book

6 Mondays from 6:00-9:00pm, starting April 7th, 2014
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Level: Advanced
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 4 spots left!

Go on a six-week journey with literary agent Joanne Wyckoff of the Carol Mann Agency to “find your book” and start crafting a book proposal. Perhaps you have a number of essays that you want to turn into a book. Or you’ve written half of a memoir or other nonfiction narrative. Through class discussion and sharing of manuscript material, students will explore and refine their book concepts or storylines to make sure they’re workable in a book format. The aim of the class is to aid students in “finding their book” and then to guide them in starting to write a book proposal. The importance of doing market research to determine the uniqueness of a book idea or storyline and developing an author profile or platform will also be discussed. The goal, by the end of class, is for students to have gained a working knowledge of how to write a book proposal and to have written a synopsis/overview of their book, chapter summaries, and an author bio.

This is a course that focuses on narrative nonfiction and memoir. The course is part lecture and part workshop. Students who wish to take this class should have taken writing classes before, and should feel comfortable reading and critiquing other students’ work. Led by an instructor who has worked extensively as both a literary agent and an editor.

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Joanne Wyckoff
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  • Book-Length Memoir
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  • Literary Journalism
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