So you think you want to work as a writer?

Ref: C2228667

If you are interested in discussing how to write a book proposal, how to approach literary agents, how to keep your writing projects and ambitions moving forward this session will combine reference to very specific processes that you can pursue beyond the session and will also offer an opportunity to ask questions of James about the day-to-day life of a working writer. James Clarke has been a published writer since 2001 and he specialises in writing books and journalism about film. He has also written stage plays for arts organisations and has had short films broadcast on tv and screened at international film festivals. You can follow James online at twitter: @jasclarkewriter

Course aim

This one-off session is intended to support you in considering what is involved in pursuing your writing. We will focus on non-fiction writing but there will be opportunity for us to also consider creative writing in terms of scriptwriting.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the purpose of a book proposal.
  • Explain to another writer what the structure of a book proposal is.
  • Identify resources in print and online that can provide writers with useful information about the world of publishing.
  • Write an initial email enquiry to a magazine editor about proposing an article.
  • Draft a magazine article proposal.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All that is required is your enthusiasm and interest in writing. If you do have book proposals or similar that you would like James to look at, James would be happy to do so after the session and provide you with feedback in writing thereafter via Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

So you think you want to work as a writer?


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