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WSP 122 — Developing Your Creative Nonfiction Book: From Idea to Proposal

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Oct 3—Oct 4
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Sep 26
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $220
Instructor(s): Amy Ettinger
Limit: 25
Status: Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Live Online
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Oct 3—Oct 4
2 days
Drop By
Sep 26
0 Unit
Fees
$220
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s):
Amy Ettinger
Limit
25
Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Nonfiction books, unlike novels, can frequently be sold on the basis of a fifty-page proposal. This workshop will give you the ins and outs of writing a book proposal. Questions we will cover include: How do you know if your idea can be expanded into a book? What is a book proposal and how do you write one? How do you gain the attention of New York agents and editors? We will look at how to develop an idea into a strong proposal that stands out in a highly competitive marketplace, and study examples of proposals that led to book deals. We will look at the types of books you can sell before you write them—including memoirs, narrative journalism, histories, and biographies. We will also have an opportunity to share ideas with one another, refining and sharpening our concepts for our proposals. This workshop is designed for students who want to flesh out an idea and for writers who have already begun their projects but need insight on structure, the inside scoop on the publishing industry, tips on finding an agent, and the best way to pitch their book to a publisher.

Amy Ettinger, Author; Journalist; Essayist

Amy Ettinger is the author of Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America. She has appeared on All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here & Now, Forum, and The California Report. She has written for The New York Times, McSweeney’s, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, New York, and Time.