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EGL 59 W — Publishing Fiction: A Playful, Community-Based Approach

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Mar 30—Jun 5
Drop Deadline: Apr 2
Units: 3
Tuition: $910
Instructor(s): Sarah Stone
Limit: 17
Status: Cancelled
Please Note: The full tuition refund deadline for this course is April 2 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is April 7 at 5:00 pm (PT)
Mar 30—Jun 5
10 weeks
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Apr 2
3 Units
Sarah Stone
Please Note: The full tuition refund deadline for this course is April 2 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is April 7 at 5:00 pm (PT)
This course will offer fiction writers best practices for finding their places in the great ecosystem of journal and book publishing. We will transform your search for publishing partners into a cooperative game with custom-designed strategies to find the best matches between your work and the available venues. We will sort through the dizzying array of traditional and indie publishing options and challenge the false narrative of other writers as competitors. The web is full of publishing misinformation, so we will turn to reliable sources to learn about the current publishing landscape. You will complete weekly writing exercises (five required and five optional). These exercises will help you identify potential publishing partners, learn to manage the ups and downs of the submission process, create query letters and synopses that do not sound as if they were written by a robot, investigate social media strategies for both introvert and extrovert writers, and revise the first five pages of a work for submission. The instructor and class members will provide supportive, specific feedback on your weekly exercises and the crucial first pages. You will finish the course with a detailed action plan for playing the publishing game with more curiosity and equanimity.

This course is for writers who have taken previous writing courses and have a novel or group of stories well under way.

Sarah Stone, Author

Sarah Stone is the author of the novels The True Sources of the Nile and Hungry Ghost Theater, a finalist for the 38th Annual Northern California Book Awards. She is the co-author of Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, StoryQuarterly, The Millions, Scoundrel Time, and The Believer. She received an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan and is a 2020 LABA East Bay Fellow.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.