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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Advanced
  • 5 Weeks

Building Your Memoir Book Proposal

No Longer Enrolling

  • $360.00 Non-Member
  • $345.00 Member

Class Description

So you’ve written 50 + pages of your memoir and now you want to try your hand at a book proposal. But where to begin? In this six-week class, we will work on how to shape your ideas into a commercial proposal that you can market to an agent or publisher. We'll pay special attention to the single most important factor in selling nonfiction: the framing. Why this book? Why you? And why now?

This class will combine lecture, highly interactive discussion, and workshop, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions. We’ll also closely review two or three proposals by recent debut authors whose books did well and find the approach that makes most sense for your story. By the end of the six weeks you should have a solid draft of a book proposal.

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply or find out more, check out our scholarships page.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!