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 curriculum

PART 1: September 18 - October 15

Week 1 - Mindset + Plan

  • Live call with Laura: Weds. September 18, 12-1 pm ET

    • What to expect

    • The emotional and tactical mindset of a writer

    • Establishing your intention for the course

    • Mapping out your course plan + commitment letter

    • Beginning your daily ritual: meditation + morning pages

Week 2 - The What

  • Live call with Laura: Weds. September 25, 12-1 pm ET

    • The fundamental book equation

    • Define your book, including a working title

    • Draft the Introduction to your book

    • Submit Introduction for peer feedback at end of week

Week 3 - Structure, Part 1

  • Live call with Laura: Weds. October 2, 12-1 pm ET

    • Provide peer review of Introduction

    • Anatomy of a non-fiction book

    • Define your reader

Week 4 - Structure, Part 2

  • Live call with Laura: Weds. October 9, 12-1 pm ET

    • Define the key questions you are answering

    • Create your outline

    • Fill in the stories

    • Expert class with Melissa Febos: : Plot & Narrative Tension - Thurs. October 10, 2-3 pm ET


PART 2: October 16 - November 12

Week 5 - Just Write, 1

  • Live call with Laura: Weds. October 16, 12-1 pm ET

    • Draft Chapter 1

    • Turn in Chapter 1 for peer review at the end of the week

    • Group 1 submit Chapter 1 to Laura at the end of the week

Week 6 - Reviewing and Refining

  • Live call with Laura: Weds. October 23, 12-1 pm ET

    • When to write, when to edit, who to ask for feedback

    • Provide peer feedback on Chapter 1

    • Laura provides feedback to Group 1

    • Make edits to Chapter 1

Week 7 - Establishing Voice

  • Live call with Laura: Weds. October 30, 12-1 pm ET

    • Draft Chapter 2

    • Turn in Chapter 2 for peer review at the end of the week

    • Group 2 submit Chapter 2 to Laura at the end of the week

    • Expert class with Sarah Hepola: Finding Your Voice - Tues. October 29, 2-3 pm ET

Week 8 - Permission and Ownership

  • Live call with Laura: Weds. November 6, 12-1 pm ET

    • Provide peer feedback on Chapter 2

    • Laura provides feedback to Group 2

    • Expert class with Elissa Altman: Permission and Right to Reveal Your Truth - Tues. November 5, 12-1 pm ET


PART 3: November 12 - December 11

Week 9 - Just Write, 2

  • Live call with Laura: Weds. November 13, 12-1 pm ET

    • Draft Chapter 3

    • Turn in Chapter 3 for peer review at the end of the week

    • Group 3 submit Chapter 3 to Laura at the end of the week

Week 10 - Literary Agent’s View

  • Live call with Laura: Weds. November 20, 12-1 pm ET

    • What agents look for, what makes agents say YES, how to find an agent

    • Provide peer feedback on Chapter 3

    • Laura provides feedback to Group 3

    • Expert class with Alexander Field, Literary Agent: Agent’s View, Thurs. November 21, 1-2 pm ET

*THANKSGIVING BREAK*

Week 11 - Just Write, 3

  • Live call with Laura: Weds. December 4, 12-1 pm ET

    • Draft Chapter 4

    • Turn in Chapter 4 for peer review at the end of the week

    • Group 4 submit Chapter 4 to Laura at the end of the week

    • Expert call with Jason Gardner, Executive Editor at New World Library: Publisher's View, Tues. December 3, 2-3 pm ET

Week 12 - Anatomy of a Book Proposal

  • Live call with Laura: Weds. December 11, 12-1 pm ET

    • Building a book proposal

    • Provide peer feedback on Chapter 4

    • Laura provides feedback to Group 4


Closing

Week 13 - Putting it all together

  • Closing call with Laura: Weds. December 11, 12-1 pm ET

    • Next steps