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Want to Sell Your Book? Write a Fabulous Book Proposal

dianne-jacobheadshot20081Five Weeks, 7-9:30 p.m  Berkeley
$185 members/$215 non-members
(this class is not currently scheduled)

Have you started working on a nonfiction book or memoir (or already completed one?). Have you written your book proposal yet? If not, you’re going to need one. Typically, a proposal is written before the book, but if you’ve already written the book, you’ll still need one. The proposal is the document you send to literary agents and/or editors. It’s essentially a sales pitch, making a case for why the book needs to be written, why now, and why you’re the best person for the job.

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Food Writing for Food Lovers

dianne-jacobheadshot2008Five Wednesdays, March 3-31, 7-9:30 pm    Berkeley
$185 members/ $215 non-members

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“As a food writer, I never get bored,” says instructor Dianne Jacob. “I’ve interviewed nationally-known cookbook authors, ghost-written a chapter about urban farming, written an essay about a food bank, detailed a French bed-and-breakfast run by an accomplished chef, and reviewed restaurants in San Francisco and on Bali. I’ve also written practical pieces about what to do with tuna besides make a sandwich. As a co-author, I collaborated with a chef on a book on grilled pizza. Once I discovered how much fun food writing was AND that I could get paid to eat and cook, I never looked back.”

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Get Your Book Published: The Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs

dianne-jacobheadshot2008Saturday, July 11th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.    San Francisco
$55 members/ $65 non-members           REGISTER

If you’re writing a book and hope to have it published, you’ll be that much more successful if you understand how the publishing industry works and what editors and agents want. Join instructor Dianne Jacob at this primer that looks at how to get happily published. In today’s rapidly changing world, what exactly does the book industry want?

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Want to Write a Nonfiction Book? Come Learn the Ropes!

Saturday, May 12, 10 am to 4 pm
$95 members/$110 others
  Berkeley
Student Testimonials

Have you always dreamed of writing a nonfiction book, but have no idea of how to go about it? In this class, you’ll learn what goes into writing a book, particularly figuring out the right idea. Maybe you’re a passionate rose gardener or pasta cook and want to show others how to do it as well as you do. Or maybe you’d like to write a memoir about your life as an ER nurse, firefighter, inventor or school janitor. Any topic is possible.

Once you’ve pinpointed your subject, Dianne Jacob will help you narrow and sharpen your idea. You’ll learn how to mold and shape a book concept, then distill it into what’s called the “hook,” where you describe your book effectively in one sentence. “A great hook answers what agents want to know:  ‘Why now?, ‘Why this book,’ and ‘Who cares?’” says Dianne. “You’d be surprised how long it takes to answer these questions. The value of the answers cannot be overstated.

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Dianne Jacob: Food Writing

Dianne,

I’d like to thank you personally for the perspective-rich session at the Writing Salon in SF this month, as well as the benefit of your brilliantly distilled experience in “Will Write for Food.”

Rather than feeling discouraged by my lack of credentials, I’ve come away energized with the possibilities of new – and focused – directions. About the form of the project (considering a memoir with recipes complementing the anecdotes). About the mode of (self) publication. About marketing the publication.

I’d say you are as gifted a teacher as you are a writer. When I have a draft, I hope you will allow me to engage you for some editing advice. I have no doubt it will be as insightful – and encouraging – as your teaching and writing.

Thank you again.
-Susanna Mould

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