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CW 28 — From Writer to Author: Navigating the Twisty Path to Publication

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Feb 9—Mar 16
Time: 12:00—1:15 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Feb 11
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $255
Instructor(s): Malena Watrous
Limit: 125
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
12:00—1:15 pm (PT)
Feb 9—Mar 16
6 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 11
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Malena Watrous
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The difference between a writer and an author is that the latter has published a book. But the path to publication is seldom straightforward. After finishing a manuscript, many aspiring authors are uncertain how to proceed. Do you need an agent, and how do you go about finding one? Is it important to hire a developmental editor, and how do you know who's going to be a good fit? If you choose to self-publish, what steps are involved? How do you make the public aware that your book exists? This course gives beginning writers exposure to published authors who will talk to them about the steps they took toward (and after) publication, demystifying the process. In this six-week course, we will begin with an introduction to the basics of publishing, then discuss five books (one each week) by five successfully published authors, who will each come to our class via a live online session, together with an instrumental member of the team that helped them on the path to publication. These sessions will serve as part book group, part information session about how publishing works. You will be able to ask these authors and their “teammates” questions about the book and their working relationship and become better able to navigate the path to publication on your own.

For students who have previously taken this course, the structure is the same but the books and guests are new. Students will have access to supplemental discussion threads to discuss the books and the course. There will be no writing assignments. Please visit continuingstudies.stanford.edu for a full list of books and authors featured in this course.

Former Stegner Fellow; Online Writing Certificate Program Lead and Creative Writing Coordinator, Stanford Continuing Studies

Malena Watrous is the author of the novel If You Follow Me and co-author of the novel Sparked and the cookbook My Mexico City Kitchen. She has contributed to The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Jack Livings, The Blizzard Party: A Novel (ISBN 978-0374280536)
(Required) Martha Conway, Thieving Forest (ISBN 978-0991618521)
(Required) Sarah Porter, Never-Contented Things (ISBN 978-0765396730)
(Required) Chaney Kwak, The Passenger: How a Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies from a Sinking Ship (ISBN 978-1567926972)
(Required) Antoine Wilson, Mouth to Mouth: A Novel (ISBN 978-1982181802)