CNF 75 — Developing Your Creative Nonfiction Book: From Idea to Proposal
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Feb 26—Feb 27
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Feb 19
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s): Amy Ettinger
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
Live Online(About Formats)
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Feb 26—Feb 27
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
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 course 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, and tips on finding an agent and the best way to pitch their book to a publisher.
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.
Author; Journalist; Essayist
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.