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WSP 272 — A Writer's Life: Process, Craft, and Publication

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Oct 29
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 22
Unit(s): 0 Units
Tuition: $200
Limit: 21
Status: Closed
Fall
On campus
Saturday
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Date(s)
Oct 29
1 day
Drop By
Oct 22
0 Units
Fees
$200
Limit
21
Closed
In this workshop, we will explore the many aspects that make up a writer’s life, including how to fit writing into our busy lives. We’ll examine writing as a daily habit, writing as a job, writing as a discipline, as well as some writing tricks of the trade—the unit system, writing meditations, and separating research and editing from the first-draft process. Then, we’ll discuss the business of writing, starting with the choice of traditional publishing versus self-publishing. The instructor will offer suggestions and information about submitting short stories to magazines, finding an agent after you’ve finished your novel or story collection, and working with an agent and an editor. We will also talk about writing conferences and writing residencies. And we will discuss ways in which you can separate the business of writing from the process of writing. This course will serve new writers who are considering how to incorporate writing into their lives as well as experienced writers who are moving toward publication.

Due to its short format, this workshop may not be taken for Credit or a Letter Grade.

Ellen Sussman, Author

Ellen Sussman is the national best-selling author of four novels: A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She has edited two anthologies, Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex, and Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. She has taught at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Rutgers. Sussman received an MA from Johns Hopkins.

Textbooks for this course:

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