This course is perfect for writers at any stage of their writing life or career (from beginner to advanced) who want a better understanding of how the publishing world works and how to navigate it to their advantage.
“It’s the kind of course I wish had been available when I was starting my writing career,” says instructor John J. Geoghegan. “Since I learned the hard way through multiple mistakes, I’ve strived to strip away the mystery around what it takes to get published. Based on real world experience, concrete examples, and entertaining anecdotes, I’ll demystify how the publishing industry really works while covering all the important basics including:
- How to find the right publisher and/or literary agent
- How to write a compelling query letter and elevator pitch
- Understanding “coded feedback” from agents and editors
- How the publishing ecosystems work and trends you can work to your advantage
- 10 rookie mistakes first time authors make
- And more!
The course will include lectures, group discussion, and workshop exercises. For example, students will craft their own query letter based on time-tested principles we’ll review in class, and receive feedback both from me and their peers. We’re all in this together, so the classroom will be a nurturing, safe, and supportive environment with plenty of laughter and fun. Questions and group discussion will be welcome and encouraged.
About The Writing Salon's In-Person Classes
In-person class schedules are subject to sudden change or cancellation due to Covid. We will communicate any course changes to you as quickly as possible. Masking, social distancing, and other Covid measures will be enforced in accordance with local guidelines. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about your class. If you have any questions about in-person learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com.
John J. Geoghegan has worked as an editor, journalist, author and publisher. He began his career in the editorial department of Doubleday, the largest publisher in the U.S. at the time, where he contributed to the editing and marketing of a variety of books. He is also the author of three, commercially-published, non-fiction books with a fourth under contract. In addition to serving as a Special Correspondent for the New York Times, John’s articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, the San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek, and Smithsonian’s Air & Space magazine among other publications. While nurturing numerous writers to publication, John has taught freelance writing at Fairfield University. His “real world” experience combined with his frank approach to subjects many authors, agents and publishers are reluctant to discuss, are designed to help aspiring authors navigate the arcane ins-and-outs of the literary industry.
- Saturday, April 01, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Saturday, April 08, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Saturday, April 15, 10:30am-1:00pm