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3-Month ONLINE Nonfiction Book Proposal Mentorship, Join List For Next Class
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3-Month ONLINE Nonfiction Book Proposal Mentorship, Join List For Next Class

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Mentorship Starts March 1st, 2021

Click HERE to Apply.

Apply by February 22nd, 2021

*Acceptance decisions made on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged.

Any questions about this mentorship? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.

Led by Adin Dobkin, author of a book about the first Tour de France after World War I, Sprinting Through No Man’s Land, to be published by Little A in the summer of 2021. A few of Adin's recent shorter stories (but not short stories) have appeared in outlets like The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review.

The ideal student will have a concrete idea for their book proposal and will have at least carried out some initial research so that they can begin work following an initial consultation with the instructor. Though it is not essential, it is recommended that the student has spent some time with the idea prior to joining the class.

Developing, writing, and pitching a proposal for a nonfiction book is one of the most important steps in selling said book. It’s also a skillset almost entirely separate from the writing of that book.

Writing a proposal follows different rules than that of the creative text, on a sentence-by-sentence basis and in how a writer organizes a proposal. A proposal requires a writer to think about this future book as one piece of a large market, a pool that, for better or worse, will define how editors, agents, and all the other people responsible for the book will consider it in its infancy and in its eventual public release.

In this three-month mentorship, students will receive guidance as they research, develop, and write a nonfiction book proposal. In bi-weekly meetings, they’ll consider what makes their story stand out in the world of nonfiction books with the instructor.

The End Goal for each student is that they develop the precise tools to finish a proposal and a query letter than can be sent to agents for representation or editors on submission. At each meeting, students will be able to discuss with the instructor feedback on character descriptions, chapter summaries, sample chapters, and the other supplementary materials included as part of a book proposal. The instructor will help them consider future sections that would be most appropriate for the students’ aims as the book proposal takes shape. The instructor will be able to answer any craft questions and act as a sounding board as the student continues their work.

How it works:

Upon acceptance into the mentorship program, you will schedule an initial one-on-one call or Zoom session with Adin to discuss where you are at with your book proposal concept, allowing him to get a sense of where you are in the development of the book and what form the proposal will take. Together, you’ll create a work plan for the next three months.

You will then meet with Adin, by phone or Zoom, every two weeks until the end of the program. Prior to these meetings, you will be expected to send a process letter (1-3 pages) detailing the work you have accomplished as well as any items you would like Adin to consider or discuss with you. Along with the letter, you will also submit up to 25 pages or one complete proposal section for feedback from Adin (which he will provide in the form of line edits as well as a formal letter).

The Three-Month Mentorship Consists of the Following:

  • One-on-one initial consultation via phone or Zoom to discuss your experience, specific needs, and aspirations
  • Accountability
  • Access to mentor via email for three months
  • Monthly meeting between mentor and mentee via phone or Zoom to discuss latest submission and progress
  • Line edits and formal letter on proposal sections

Mentor’s Monthly Input:

  • Phone or Zoom conversations to discuss progress and submission
  • Line edits and formal letter on proposal sections
  • Available to answer questions/provide support at any time via email

Mentee’s Monthly Responsibilities:

  • Send up to 25 pages or one complete proposal section every two weeks to mentor for commentary and discussion
  • Progress letter reflecting on successes, concerns, and goals
  • Participate in email conversations about progress.

Tuition Payment:

Full Tuition for the 3-month program is $1,900. Accepted writers must commit to the full three months and meet all assigned deadlines. You can pay the tuition in full or opt for equal monthly payments by selecting Affirm at checkout. If you decide to create a monthly payment plan using Affirm, you can do so once you add "Full Tuition" to your cart, enter your contact information, and are on the payment page.

Click HERE to Apply.

Additional Program Information:

  • Tuition is $1,900

  • Class size limited to 10 writers

  • Program Starts March 1st, 2021

  • The Mentorship is fully online and students may participate from anywhere.

  • NOTE: Shifting some dates around may be necessary but any changes will be communicated well in advance, if possible.  

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this program.

Mentor Adin Dobkin is a writer and journalist in New York. His essays and reporting have been featured in publications like New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, and others. He has taught at Columbia University and in Manhattan community outreach programs. Sprinting Through No Man’s Land, his book about the 1919 Tour de France, will be published in 2021 by Little A.

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