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"Crafting a Nonfiction Book Proposal" ONLINE with Jessica Wilbanks

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$109
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3/24/2021


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3/24/2021 From 6:30 PM CDT to 9:30 PM CDT



 

$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week. 

Demystify the nonfiction book proposal process. 

Unlike fiction manuscripts, which are normally completed in full prior to being sold to an editor, nonfiction books are often sold "on proposal." This class is designed to demystify the process of writing a proposal for a memoir, biography, or any other kind of narrative nonfiction book. Topics covered include: querying an agent, writing an overview, selecting comparative titles, discussing your platform, thinking through marketing and promotion, developing a chapter outline, and selecting sample chapters. We'll talk about various paths toward publication and the role of the agent, the editor, and the author in the publication process. We'll also review a sample book proposal and query letter.

No matter where you are in your writing process, this class will help you get a better sense of how to talk about and attract support for your nonfiction manuscript.

TAKE THIS CLASS IF

  • You're writing a nonfiction book project and are beginning to think about the path to publication. 

  • The idea of pitching and selling your nonfiction manuscript stresses you out. 

  • You want to start working on your nonfiction book proposal, but you don't know where to start. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR   

Jessica Wilbanks is the author of When I Spoke in Tongues, a memoir about faith and its loss. She has received a Pushcart Prize as well as creative nonfiction awards from Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, Redivider, and Ruminate magazine. Her essays have received Notable Mentions in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and she was selected as a finalist for the PEN annual Literary Award in Journalism. Jessica received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Houston, where she served as nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast.

LOCATION

Online 

REGISTRATION

$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Online registration will close at 5 p.m. CST on Wednesday, March 24. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it. If you prefer this option, please email wlt@writersleague.org with a copy of the form as well. We are working out of our office at this time. 

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at wlt@writersleague.org and let us know so that we can update the class roster. 

HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email WLT Program Director Sam Babiak at sam@writersleague.org if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

 

HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK:

Once you register for the class, you'll receive an email with detailed instructions. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can't attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one week after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE.

A couple of days before the class, you will receive an email with login information. Plan to log in to the online platform several hours before the class so that you can update your computer's Flash or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually take only a few minutes, but you don't want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at member@writersleague.org.

 

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

 


Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.

 

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

 

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.