Writing the Non-Fiction Book Proposal
A non-fiction book proposal is not just a marketing tool, although you need it to sell your work to agents and publishers. A good book proposal also helps you write (or revise) your book. During the six weeks of this class you’ll clarify your idea, identify your audience, analyze your competition, develop your credentials as an author and produce a table of contents, a sample chapter and a complete proposal, ready for submission. Recommended for writers who have only a vague book idea as well as those with a complete first draft. Non-fiction includes narrative non-fiction, nature and travel writing, self-help and how-to books, and memoirs.
To register, go to the Hugo House web site.
I’ll be teaching a workshop on “Braiding Your Writing” from 2:30 to 4 PM on Friday and speaking on a panel about publishing on Saturday at 1:30 but there are many reasons to attend this conference, one of my all-time favorites: a lovely but intimate campus; a smoothly organized program; opportunities to connect with other writers; open-mike readings to showcase your work; and a sterling faculty which includes Garth Stein, Frances McCue, Wendy Call, Brenda Peterson, Jennie Shortridge, Karen Finneyfrock and poet laureate, Kathleen Flenniken. If you are looking for a place to stay, you can stay very inexpensively in the dorms at Western Washington University. Register or learn more at the conference web site. Feel free to email me if you have questions. I’ve been to this conference every year since it began in 2011 and always come away nourished, informed and inspired.
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