Benefit from 20 years of experience in writing, publishing, and digital media
Jan. 13: Query Letter Master Class with Critique with Jane Friedman
The query letter has one purpose, and one purpose only: to seduce the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work. Learn the best practices of query writing (in any genre), get personalized feedback, and submit your work with confidence.
Sep. 26: Do I Need Permission for That? with Dr. Kelly Figueroa-Ray
When writers realize that they need permission to use content, navigating permissions for that content can be one of the most frustrating parts of getting published. This class will alleviate that frustration by introducing you to important foundational knowledge of copyright and the concept of fair use as they pertain to mainstream/trade publishing and self-publishing.
Sep. 27: Writing & Publishing at Any Age: Conversation with Martha Woodroof
Author Martha Woodroof was 67 years old when her debut novel, Small Blessings, was released from Macmillan. Join Jane and Martha as we discuss the common fear that one has become too old (or that it’s somehow too late) to write and publish.
Oct. 7: Blogging Strategies That Work in 2020 with Jane Friedman
Blogging remains one of the most straightforward paths to build and engage a readership over the long term, at least for writers. But for blogging to have a real payoff for your career or author business, it has to be done with a particular strategy in mind, and executed with some discipline. Jane Friedman will teach you the principles of strategic blogging and the best practices she’s learned since she started blogging consistently in 2007.
Oct. 21: Nail Your Memoir Structure By Thinking Like a Novelist with Allison K Williams
Where should your memoir begin? How should it end? What’s an “inciting incident” or a “climax” when you’re looking at your life? In this class, you’ll learn how to structure a memoir to engage readers, agents and publishers. We’ll cover where to start, and how to decide what events belong in your book. Suitable for those with an idea, a draft, or a terrifying pile of raw material, you’ll discover how to tell the right story about the story you need to tell.
Oct. 25: The Foundations of Getting Published with Jane Friedman
In this 2-hour workshop, you’ll learn not just the foundational principles of getting a book published, but gain up-to-date insight into the changing landscape of the publishing industry, and how you can navigate your own path toward success. Jane will cover querying, how to research the right agents and publishers for your work, publishing beyond the Big Five, and more. You’ll come away with a better understanding of the commercial publishing business model, and how to approach the submissions process with the right expectations and mindset.
How to Write a Book Proposal: 10-Step Action Plan (self-study course)
This is a comprehensive, self-study course with Jane Friedman on producing nonfiction book proposals in the digital age. The focus is not just on writing a book proposal that will sell the idea, but that will also sell the book when it finally makes its way to market.
The Great Courses: How to Publish Your Book
In the 24 eye-opening lectures of How to Publish Your Book, Jane Friedman provides you with sought-after secrets of the publishing process that will help you navigate this difficult progression, bypass pitfalls that many novice authors get hung up on, and improve your chances of being considered for publication. She acts as your personal guide though the entire process from finalizing your manuscript, to writing the perfect pitch, to reviewing contracts and marketing your book. She provides the candid scoop on what you need to do in order to increase your chances of being considered. The knowledge you’ll gain by having an inside expert teaching you how to position your book for publication gives you a unique advantage and drastically increases your chances of getting noticed in this increasingly competitive industry.
Self-Study: Become a Ghost-writer
Taught by author Roz Morris: It's easy to find writing advice. But it's not easy to get good guidance about how to ghost-write, what's expected of a ghost-writer and how to avoid the inevitable hazards. This course will teach you how the world of ghost-writing works, how writers get started, how to get commissions, how to pitch to a client, and how to take the project successfully to completion.