Wrangling and Writing a Book Proposal
April 8 - June 2$365
The nonfiction idea you have feels like it’s meant to be bigger than a magazine or newspaper article. It feels like a book.
Nonfiction projects often operate differently from fiction or novels. You’ve heard some nonfiction books get sold on the premise alone, but then you wonder whether you should write the book first so you know what you want to say.
It’s not a fairy tale; nonfiction manuscripts that are not memoirs typically begin as proposals before growing into book projects.
This course will teach you what a proposal entails, how to structure your proposal, ways to build the meaty chapter outline and excerpts, and provides best-practice techniques for submitting to agents and publishers. this workshop will tackle the beastly (and often prosperous!) animal that is the first steps to publishing your nonfiction book.
Come prepared to discuss your idea for a book and three books that are similar to the one you would like to write.
Instructor: Kenneth R. Rosen
Kenneth R. Rosen, a senior news assistant atThe New York Times, is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a Robert Novak fellow, and a 2019 MacDowell Colony fellow. He is a contributing writer for WIRED, and is at work on two books: a work of literary nonfiction about tough love treatment programs for juveniles (Little A, 2020) and a book on the synthetic fiber known as Kevlar (Bloomsbury, 2019).