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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 19
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 12
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $240
Instructor(s): Ellen Sussman
Limit: 21
Status: Closed
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Oct 19
1 day
Drop By
Oct 12
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Ellen Sussman
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. Students will learn about submitting short stories to magazines, finding an agent after the novel or story collection is finished, 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, Author

Ellen 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.