Summer School: Pitching Memoir and Non-Fiction

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Meelee Soorkia
25 January 2018 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Meelee Soorkia and Fran Berry
Emerging, Established
You’ve got a brilliant idea no-one else has covered in a book before. But is there a reason for that? Or maybe you have a compelling true life story that begs to be told. But will enough readers care?

Learn from two experienced publishers on how to think as a publisher thinks, explore the commissioning and acquisitions process, and find out how you can pitch your brilliant idea to its best advantage.

You will learn

  • how to write a non-fiction book proposal that gets publishers’ attention
  • the do's and don'ts of approaching publishers and agents
  • how to present yourself as an author
  • how to work out the best non-fiction form for your work, and whether your idea is appropriate for a book-length project
  • the difference between a pitch and a synopsis, including how to pitch before you've completed the manuscript

About Meelee Soorkia

Meelee Soorkia has been working as a writer and editor for more than a decade. Most recently she was Senior Development Editor at Hardie Grant Books, where she specialised in narrative non-fiction and memoir. She has worked on several bestselling and award-winning titles, including ‘The Undesirables’ by Mark Isaacs, ‘The Long Goodbye’ by PJ Parker and ‘Good Muslim Boy’ by Osamah Sami.

About Fran Berry

Fran Berry is a publisher with over twenty years experience in the publishing industry. Fran’s publishing career has spanned roles in marketing, publicity, rights management, imported book buying and commissioning. Most recently, Fran was Publishing Director at Hardie Grant Publishing, a company she helped establish. Fran has commissioned and acquired numerous authors and books including several award winning and bestselling titles. Authors include Denise Scott, Shaun Micallef, Phil Jarratt, James Halliday, Steve Kilbey, Osamah Sami, PJ Parker and Mark Isaacs. Fran is currently working as a literary scout and consultant for both publishers and filmmakers.

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Summer School: Writing for the Education Market, 12 January
Summer School: The Art of Criticism – Giving and Receiving Feedback, 13 January
Summer School: Short Story, 14 January
Summer School: Crime, 15 January
Summer School: Writing Picture Books, 16 January
Summer School: Going Indie – Successful Self-Publishing, 17 January
Summer School: Ekphrasis – The Art of Writing from Art, 18 January
Summer School: New Year, New Novel, 19 January
Summer School: Mastering the Personal Essay, 20 January
Summer School: Editing Your Novel, 21 January
Summer School: Memorable Romance Characters, 22 January
Summer School: Writing Conflict in Literary Fiction, 23 January
Summer School: World Building, 24 January

Event registration fee
Concession member $ 135.00
Member $ 145.00
Non-member $ 195.00

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