“The Nonfiction Book Proposal: The Basics & Beyond” with Cinelle Barnes
September 14 2022 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM CDT$59.00 – $119.00
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$59 for Members
$119 for Non-Members
All registrants will have access to the class recording for one month.
Learn what goes into a proposal, why and when you need it, and how to write one that stands out.
In this three-hour class, Cinelle Barnes will share not only the basics of proposal writing but a decade’s worth of essential takeaways from her work as an author and editor of several nonfiction books, a book coach to several essayists and memoirists, a screener and judge for various literary contests and submissions calls, and a former grant and proposal writer for a global organization.
She’ll help you understand what an editor or agent might look for in a proposal, what kinds of information or language will help you stand out, how to organize and format your particular proposal for greater impact, and how to go from promising idea to deliverable concept. Using a slide presentation, worksheets, and excerpts from real (acquired, rejected, and in-progress) book proposals of her own, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes tour of how Cinelle has honed her proposal writing skills over time… resulting in several published books and maximal, compounding returns.
TAKE THIS CLASS IF
- You’re a writer of memoirs, essays, or general or hybrid nonfiction.
- You have a nonfiction book concept and are ready to pitch it to an agent or publisher.
- You are in the process of completing a book proposal, honing a book concept, or improving sample writing.
The deadline to register for this class is Wednesday, September 14 at 5:00 PM CDT.
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