WSP 272 — A Writer's Life: Process, Craft, and Publication
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Oct 20
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 13
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s): Ellen Sussman
10:00 am—4:00 pm
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
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 will examine writing as a daily habit, writing as a job, writing as a discipline, and some writing tricks of the trade—the unit system, writing meditations, and separating research and editing from the first-draft process. Then, we will discuss the business of writing, starting with the choice of traditional publishing versus self-publishing. You will learn 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.
Ellen Sussman, AuthorEllen Sussman is the author of four novels: A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is also the editor of 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.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.