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EGL 59 W — The Game of Publishing Fiction

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jun 26—Sep 1
Drop Deadline: Jul 4
Units: 3
Tuition: $850
Instructor(s): Sarah Stone
Limit: 17
Jun 26—Sep 1
10 weeks
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Jul 4
3 Units
Sarah Stone
When we have a community to support us, the steps toward publishing can turn from a dizzying array of options into a game where we learn to work with the rules, strategies, and—yes—the inevitable element of chance. The secret to getting your fiction published, in a journal or as a book, is to find the match between your gifts and the available venues. Class participants will complete weekly exercises to discover their particular writerly gifts and develop a strong opening and initial five pages. We will also explore articles and websites on traditional and indie publishing, research possible publishing partners, create query letters and synopses that do not sound as if they were written by a robot, and investigate intuitive social media strategies for both introvert and extrovert writers. Each writer will receive supportive, specific workshop feedback from the instructor and the class on the weekly exercises and the crucial first five pages. You will finish the course with a detailed action plan for playing the publishing game on your own terms.

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

Although the time commitment for an online writing course is dependent upon one’s degree of participation, students should plan on investing four to six hours per week in order to gain substantial benefit from the course.

Sarah Stone, Faculty, Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers

Sarah Stone is the author of the novel The True Sources of the Nile and co-author of the textbook Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers. Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, StoryQuarterly, The Believer, the Writer’s Chronicle, Dedicated to the People of Darfur, and A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft, among other places. She received an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan.

Textbooks for this course:

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