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From Plot to Print — Starting a Writing Career with One Perfectly Planned Project
$45.00 – $90.00
This course is part of our 2021 Spectacular Summer Seminar Festival (SSSF) and will be held via Crowdcast. The fees from ABC’s adult writing workshops subsidize our free writing programs for kids, whose work is collected in a yearly anthology, and pay our adult workshop instructors. A limited number of seats in each class are reserved for scholarships, which cover 100% of tuition-fees and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome, and we especially encourage BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ writers to apply.
Now that’s a lot of alliteration! However, the point is one that deserves repeating: Say an agent or editor must choose between a fresh, original book that is immaculately rendered and accompanied by a cover letter that shows the writer has done the homework about the project’s placement in the current marketplace … or a fresh, original book that is an editorial mess, accompanied by a letter that says, “Please publish this really good book and get in on the ground floor of the phenomenon that is me.” Which is the agent or editor going to choose? Make the choice easy for the people you want to accompany and guide you on your writing and publishing career.
Planning, plotting, writing, revising and then placing a book is a path through a dark wood, but some common-sense tips can shine like bright pebbles to follow on your way. Jacquelyn Mitchard— veteran New York Times bestselling author of many books and former editor-in-chief of a literary Young Adult imprint—lays out these steps and explains the value of taking them in sequence.
This Austin Bat Cave adult writing seminar is open to writers of all levels and will be recorded.
About the Instructor
Jacquelyn Mitchard is the author of 23 books of fiction and non-fiction for adults, young adults and children, with more than 3 million copies in 34 languages worldwide. Her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club and she has won or been nominated for prizes including the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Heartland Prize for Fiction and others. Mitchard is an instructor in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Miami University of Ohio and at Western New England University. A native of Chicago, she lives on Cape Cod with her family. Her next novel, The Good Son, will be published in December by Mira/HarperCollins.