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