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From Plotting to Print: The Pathways to Publication

April 16 @ 6:30 pm - May 7 @ 8:30 pm

From Plotting to Print: The Pathways to Publication

with Sharon Emmerichs

Date: April 16, 23, 30, and May 7 (class meets weekly on Tuesday)
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

So, you’ve written a book! You’ve spent hours, days, months, perhaps years crafting your story, revising, editing, and making it as perfect as it can be. Or perhaps you’re not quite finished, but you’re planning ahead. So…now what? In this four week class, we will look at the dos and don’ts of navigating the publishing world.

  • Week 1: Preparing your manuscript for publication
  • Week 2: Should you pursue traditional publishing, or should you self publish? The pros and cons of each.
  • Week 3: How to write a query letter and land an excellent agent (using QueryTracker, pitch contests, etc.)
  • Week 4: The things no one tells you once you sign your book deal, i.e., social media presence, branding, book tours and events, and dealing with readers and reviewers.

This class will be most suitable for fiction and nonfiction writers. Writers of all skill levels are welcome. 

Pricing and Registration: This course is open to both members and non-members. Non-member registration will open on March 14, 2024.

  • Member price: $160/person
  • Non-member price: $200/person

Refund & Cancellation Policy: If the event or class is cancelled for reasons beyond 49 Writers’s control, all fees will be refunded in full. In the event that an attendee is unable to attend for personal reasons, fees are nonrefundable.

About the Instructor: Sharon Emmerichs was born in Sweden to American parents and grew up in Wisconsin near Lake Michigan. She has been a writer all her life, from the time she scribbled ‘words’ and pictures on pieces of paper, stapled them together, and called it a book. Her love of stories later translated into an English degree, and then she went on to get her MA and PhD in medieval and early modern literature… and because she collects degrees the way some people collect stamps or baseball cards, she graduated with her creative writing MFA in fiction in 2021. Her debut novel, Shield Maiden, was an instant Sunday Times top ten bestseller and has been published and translated in multiple countries. She is an Associate Professor of Shakespeare and medieval literature in beautiful Alaska, where she lives with Juneau, the derpiest Siberian husky ever.


April 16 @ 6:30 pm
May 7 @ 8:30 pm
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