For our nonfiction friends

I got my start in fiction. I love doing fiction. But today’s post is for those who focus on non-fiction.

The writing conference/organization I work with (LDSPMA) is doing a seven (7) week nonfiction workshop. And, even as a fiction writer, this thing really catches my attention.

What is it?

The workshop is a seven-week virtual workshop featuring live Q&As, prerecorded classes, and personalized review and feedback on non-fiction material.

Who’s it for?

This year’s non-fiction workshop has a definite focus toward beginning and intermediate level writers.

Most interesting (to me) is the “I have an idea, how do I develop it?” track. It’s something we all ask ourselves eventually (you have to if you want to succeed). Beyond this track, there is a definite faith and family focus, with tracks for memoirs, family history, Gospel/spiritual topics, and the personal essay.

If you’re at all interested in these things, it’s worth a look. And, eventually, these topics come up (even for us fiction folks!).

What’s in it for participants?

As I’ve said, there are classes and Q&A sessions (opportunities to gain information (even individualized questions and answers)). There are also genre specific two-hour-per-week live classes. There’s the opportunity for individualized review and critique of your nonfiction manuscript. But… then there’s the big benefit…

Shadow Mountain Publishing (a supporter of the workshop) is offering a benefit that I’ve never encountered before (and if they ever offer it for fiction, I’m there already!). All participants in the workshop get a “get out of the slush pile free card”!

Yep! I said that! If you attend the workshop, and then submit a non-fiction manuscript to Shadow Mountain during 2022, you get head of line privileges. Your manuscript bounces past the early filters and into the hands of an actual editor (the kind who can pick up a book and see it through to publication).

This is very useful since there are also rumors Shadow Mountain is going agent only soon…

Where can I learn more?

This post isn’t “the whole deal”, dear reader. If you’re interested in the opportunity, check out the website (last I checked, they’ve extended early bird pricing through March 5th, 2022).

If you decide to go for it, let me know how it went. If it’s not your thing… Not a problem; I’m just sharing. Either way, I’ll see you next post.

Published by Farangian

I'm a writer (fiction and non fiction) with a Masters in Psychology. I am also a sculptor, metal smith, lapidary, tutor/trainer, and eternal student. The name Farangian comes from the name of a fantasy world I created called Farangia. That name comes from Farang with is a term that the Thai use for westerners.

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