If you have the wish to publish and the will to write, Write to Publish will help you find the way to succeed.
The course’s unique approach is broken down into three parts. The first six hours of classroom time involve organizing your thoughts, pitch writing, conceptualizing, understanding genres and freeing up your creativity. The next is two weeks, mentored writing off campus. Then it’s back in the classroom for six hours over a period of three weeks of prose polishing, critical skills and marketing yourself.
You’ll learn how to get your foot in the door and get your work read - the first, the toughest and the most crucial step on the path to becoming a published author.
WEEK ONE – 23 Oct: Business of Publishing
An overview - the industry, the divisions, the market. The importance of pitch. Marketing yourself.
How to get an agent. Breaking in.
Dealing with rejection.
A little about the children’s book market
WEEK TWO – 30 Oct: Foundations of Writing Something Saleable
Check your VIP – Voice, Insight, and Perspective. Trends – what’s hot, what’s not, what’s coming back. The importance of finding a place on the shelf.
WEEK THREE – 6 Nov: The Workout. Verbal gymnastics
Shedding those unwanted inhibitions. Method acting for writers. Vocabulary. Whet your wit, loosening up and getting improvisational.
WEEKS FOUR & FIVE – SELF-GUIDED WRITING WITH MENTOR SERVICES
Comments will be provided on sample chapters or manuscript submitted by a deadline.
WEEK SIX – 25 Nov: Sharing the material
Compatible writers to team up and assist one another. What was working, what wasn’t.
Write a pitch for your own work.
WEEK SEVEN - 2 Dec: Meet your partner
Learning to speak critically and precisely.
Self editing techniques.
Verbal pitch. Read it and we’ll tell you if we’d buy it.
WEEK EIGHT – 9 Dec: Read your final piece
Silent vote: Who Will Be the Next Published Author. Winner of vote receives free mentoring from the Write To Publish Agency.
About the trainer:
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.
Cancellation & Substitution
The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.
Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.
Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.