Course Catalog

Publishing Intensive

Intermediate / Advanced | This daylong intensive seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of the publishing business and opportunities for writers of adult fiction, memoir, and young adult fiction. Students will have the opportunity to practice their elevator pitches in small groups. All students are required to bring four printed copies of a brief synopsis of their book (a one-to-two paragraph “jacket copy”) in order to participate in this small-group exercise. This class includes a lunch break.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Peter Mountford, Karen Finneyfrock, Theo Nestor & Claire Dederer

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Spring 2020

Start Date: 05/09/2020

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm PDT

Maximum Class Size: 40

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Peter Mountford, Karen Finneyfrock, Theo Nestor & Claire Dederer

Karen Finneyfrock is the author of two young adult novels: The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door and Starbird Murphy and the World Outside, both published by Viking Children’s Books. She is a former Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House.

Peter Mountford is the author of the award-winning novels A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism, and The Dismal Science. His work has appeared dozens of major magazines and newspapers. He teaches at Sierra Nevada College’s MFA program.

Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of Writing Is My Drink (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008). Nestor has taught the memoir certificate course for the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Ed program since 2006.

Claire Dederer is the author of two
acclaimed memoirs: Love and Trouble: A
Midlife Reckoning (Vintage, 2017) and
Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses
(Picador, 2010), which was a New York Times

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