Starting September 22, I will be teaching a four-session course on writing a nonfiction book. Classes will be held at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto: 490 2nd Street (corner of Bryant), San Francisco. The details can be found here. The full description is below.
As the course description makes clear, this class offers an overview. We'll be focusing both on the craft and art of writing, and the mechanics of getting published—book proposals, agents, publishers, even photo rights, if we get to it. If the course is well attended, I'll likely follow up with a Master Class in nonfiction long-form writing in the spring. It will be more of a workshop, in which we critique and discuss each class member's writing in depth.
So, loyal reader, what does this mean for you? I'll be using this blog to prepare members for the class. This doesn't mean you can use it for a free class, but you can get an idea what each session will cover, and see what the readings I assign. The readings will be from both books on writing (E.M. Forsters's Aspects of the Novel and David Lodge's The Art of Fiction, for example—both very useful for nonfiction writers too), and from successful and unsuccessful examples of nonfiction narratives.
It may not be what you want from this blog, but it's better than nothing. I just moved to a new apartment, so I haven't written at all for this blog for a month. The apartment is in sight of my old home, but the packing and unpacking is no less time-consuming. At least I'll be back online again.
Here's that course description: