Many nonfiction book projects are sold on proposal, including memoirs. But writers are often unclear about what an effective book proposal actually includes, how it is structured, and the type of language to use to sell their projects. Book proposals are not short pitches. They are detailed and thorough, with many pages of information for a prospective publisher to help them see the vision for a book from the writing itself to the plan to generate sales. They provide substantial samples of the author's writing, an outline of the proposed book, a marketing plan, and more.
In this three week workshop, we will help you to craft your nonfiction book proposal, so that you have the best chance of landing a book deal. Taught by an experienced writing instructor who sold her own book on proposal to Macmillan/Picador, the workshop will help you structure and write your proposal, with feedback from the instructor and peers. We will look at successful book proposals, begin crafting the sections in our own proposals, and then offer and receive feedback in workshop.
Tuition: $285 (limited partial scholarships available for those with demonstrated need)