The Nonfiction Book Proposal
10-week Online Class
The Nonfiction Book Proposal
January 8 - March 18
$435 if registered by 12/18/2017
$485 if registered after 12/18/2017
Your course registration includes a free 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or a free ebook; click here for more details.
Instructor: Waverly Fitzgerald
If you have an idea for a creative nonfiction book, and want to find a publisher, this class if designed for you. Writing a book proposal is an art itself. This class covers all aspects of creating a book proposal, providing a format to help you showcase your writing and expertise. Assignments will help you clarify your idea, research the market, identify your audience, develop your credentials as an author, create an engaging overview and choose the best sample chapters for submission to publishers.
It isn’t necessary to finish writing your book before submitting a book proposal. In fact, you could use this class to explore an idea, test its marketability and develop a plan for its completion. Even if you ultimately decide to self-publish rather than seek a traditional publisher, you will have more information about how to sell your book to readers. Weekly lectures, examples, and assignments will focus on the different sections of the book proposal. Participants will engage in discussions and submit work for feedback from the instructor and other students.
Week 1: How a Book Proposal Works
Week 2: Collaborating and Competing
Week 3: Finding Your Audience
Week 4: The Author as Expert
Week 5: Promoting Your Books
Week 6: Summarizing the Book
Week 7: Summarizing Chapters
Week 8: Showcasing Your Writing
Week 9: Selling Your Book
Week 10: Submission Strategies
* US residents will receive a complimentary 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction with their online class registration (or a 4-issue extension to their existing subscription). Students outside the US can receive a free copy of the ebook Creating Nonfiction, or can choose to receive a 4-issue print subscription for the cost of shipping fees. We regret that we are not able to supply complimentary digital subscriptions for international students at this time.
If you are an international student who would like a print subscription instead of an ebook, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org after you register.
Refund and cancellation policies
By 5pm EST on the Monday before classes begin (one week prior to start date):
- Students may request a refund (less a $50 application fee) or request a transfer to another course in the same term (no fee).
By 5pm EST on the Friday at the end of the first week of classes:
- Students may transfer their enrollment credit to a future course (less a $95 processing fee for 10-week courses or a $75 processing fee for 5-week courses). Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date.
- Students may switch to another class in the same term (subject to availability) for a $25 fee.
No refunds or transfers will be offered after this deadline.