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Crafting a Non-Fiction Book Proposal



Sian Prior




You have a great idea for a non-fiction book. You may even have written a first draft. How do you persuade a commercial publisher to help you find the readers your book deserves? In this one-day workshop Dr Sian Prior (‘Childless: a story of freedom and longing’) will show you how to put together an enticing Book Proposal, complete with cover letter, author bio, synopsis, chapter outline and sample chapters.
Sian Prior smiles at the camera, her face supported by one hand.
A portrait of Sian Prior


You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact [email protected] to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • How to write a book proposal
  • How to craft an engaging synopsis
  • How to present a brief author bio
  • How to choose some sample chapters
  • How to assess your book’s market potential

About the Tutor:

Dr Sian Prior has been a writer and broadcaster for 30 years. She has been published in newspapers, magazines and literary journals. Sian teaches non-fiction at RMIT and runs online courses in creative non fiction. She has published two memoirs; Shy: A Memoir (2014) and Childless: A Story of Freedom and Longing (2022). 

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Members of Writers Victoria receive up to 37% off the full price of our workshops, seminars and courses. In addition, members have access to a range of other discounts and opportunities and receive a subscription to 'The Victorian Writer' magazine. Memberships start from just $50. Find out more about becoming a member here.

Book early to access our early bird prices! These expire 9 days before the course begins. Please keep in mind that our workshops require a minimum number of participants to run, so booking early also helps ensure that a workshop will go ahead. 

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The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Victoria 3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 20 October 2023 - 4:00
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