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Writing the Book Proposal 8-Week Zoom Intensive, Starts Tuesday, March 19th, 2024
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Writing the Book Proposal 8-Week Zoom Intensive, Starts Tuesday, March 19th, 2024

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Begins Tuesday, March 19th, 2024

Class will meet weekly on Tuesday nights via Zoom, 7PM - 9PM Eastern Standard Time.

*This class is limited to eight writers.

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Taught by Sarah Herrington, a writer and teacher whose work has appeared in the New York Times Modern Love, Anxiety, Solver Stories and OpEd columns, the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Slice, Nylon, Los Angeles Review of Books, Interview, Poets & Writers, O, The Oprah Magazine, and other publications. She holds an MFA from New York University, where she was a Goldwater Fellow, an MFA from Lesley University, and teaches writing at Fordham. Her students have been published in the NYTimes, LATimes, won awards, and sold books.

If you're working on a nonfiction book (anything from a memoir to a how-to), you can sell it based on a killer book proposal. Learn the elements of a strong book proposal, write your own and get feedback in this step-by-step class.

We'll learn the parts and purposes of a killer book proposal, and you'll receive a template we'll work with throughout the entire course as we walk through the process.

We will clarify and solidify the message and angle of your book, then work on a different element of the proposal each week moving forward to help you complete a solid draft.

Throughout this 8-week intensive, which is limited to eight students, you'll generate writing toward your own proposal and will receive feedback.

Students will read sample book proposals, and other readings will be assigned based on the students in class. 


  • You will complete a draft of a book proposal you can use to query agents and editors.
  • You'll come to understand the parts of a successful proposal and what each part means.
  • You'll clarify not just your book's scope and message but why you're the person to write it, i.e. your connection to your own project.


Week One: Welcome to the Proposal! And to Each Other's Work (sharing of the form of the proposal and student/ course intentions)

Week Two: The Overview/ Introduction and About the Author sections

Week Three: Target Audience and Comp. Titles, Week four: Marketing and Promotion 

Week Five: Chapter Overview

Week Six: Sample Chapters

Week Seven: Group Workshop

Week Eight: Group Workshop


"Sarah's writing guidance was invaluable. Her notes were insightful and always encouraging. I grew as a writer and a person working with her on my essay."
-former student

“The edits and feedback from Sarah's course were both deep and concise and I felt supported to go deeper into my story and self while we worked together.” -former student

"Sarah offers a beautiful blend of supportive community, accessible tools, and time inside words. All goals and souls are honored in this space. Come curious, stay inspired, depart empowered.” -former student


This class meets weekly via Zoom. Come prepared for an engaging course with live interaction on Zoom each week and plenty of writing, reading, and talking!

You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Instructor: Sarah Herrington
  • Limited to eight students
  • Class Starts Tuesday, March 19th, 2024
  • Class will meet weekly on Tuesday nights via Zoom, 7PM - 9PM Eastern Standard Time.
  • Course is fully ONLINE.