Let’s Make A Book Proposal!

A workshop to help you do the work.

This eight-week workshop takes place virtually, via Zoom. The workshop is aimed at people who either have a book idea that needs more fleshing out and development or who have a defined book idea but are seeking support and accountability to get the work done of drafting a book proposal.

The group size is capped at 10 people, and will probably be fewer. The group will be carefully curated to ensure a mix of attendees who will be a good fit for supporting one another. Each week will have two 90 minute sessions (Tuesdays and Fridays). Tuesdays will be an informal instruction seminar, including discussions and Q&As with guest speakers. You will have an assignment for the second session of each week, during which you will discuss and workshop the homework. Depending on your objectives and where you’re starting from, you can either use each week’s assignment as an opportunity to hone your ideas or to actually complete a draft of that part of the proposal. The Friday meetings will include discussion with the whole group, and you’ll also work in smaller breakout groups to share feedback and support on the assignments. 

In addition to the two 90 minute Zoom meetings each week, plan to spend at least 1 or 2 hours (but potentially much more) on the homework, depending on what you hope to get out of the workshop and what stage you’re in with your idea. Each week we’ll go through a different section of the proposal. What you get out of the workshop and the discussion sessions will be highly dependent on the time and effort you put into the homework.

Alice Martell, the Martell Agency. Alice is agent to such writers as Gail Collins, David Haskell, Linda Marsa, Domingo Martinez, Gretchen Soren, Chelsea Wald and Christie Aschwanden.

Matt Weiland, vice president and senior editor at W.W. Norton & Company. A former editor at Granta and The Paris Review, he is also the co-editor, with Sean Wilsey, of State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America. 

Annalee Newitz, author of multiple science fiction and nonfiction books. They are the author of Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, and the novels The Future of Another Timeline, and Autonomous, which won the Lambda Literary Award. As a science journalist, they are a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and have a monthly column in New Scientist. They have published in The Washington Post, Slate, Popular Science, Ars Technica, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic, among others. They are also the co-host of the Hugo Award-winning podcast Our Opinions Are Correct. Previously, they were the founder of io9, and served as the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo. 

Richard Panek, author of six popular science books, including The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet, The 4% Universe, and The Autistic Brain, a collaboration with Temple Grandin. He has received numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. He’s written a documentary screenplay and numerous works of short fiction, and his essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Discover, Esquire, Natural History, Outside, Smithsonian and Time. He blogs at The Last Word on Nothing.

Catherine Price is an author, essayist, speaker and science journalist whose work has appeared in The Best American Science WritingThe New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Popular Science, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Salon, Slate, Men’s Journal and Parade, among others. Her books include How to Break Up With Your Phone (Ten Speed Press), Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food (Penguin Press), 101 Places Not to See Before You Die (HarperPaperbacks), The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook (Harper Collins) and several guided journals. Her newest book, The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again is being published in December 2021 by the Dial Press. She is also the founder of Screen/Life Balance, a movement dedicated to helping people scroll less and live more. For more information on Catherine, visit catherineprice.com

Dates & Times:
The workshop begins April 27 and meets every Tuesday and Friday for the first six weeks, and on Tuesdays only for the last two weeks.

Time: 10am pacfiic/11MDT/12pmCDT/1pmEDT
Each session is 90 minutes

April 27, 30
May 4, 7, 11,14,18, 21, 25, 28
June 1,4, 8, 15

Cost: $600 (payment plans available)

Application here: https://forms.gle/scwndRCPC5QkwXTJA

UPDATE: Workshop is FULL with a waiting list. To sign up for updates on the next workshops, email christie@nasw.org