The Summer of the Book

By Ann Douglas (other events)

Wednesday, July 1 2015 12:00 AM 12:01 AM

This summer, dive into a great book: your own. Make this the summer that you finally move forward with your dream of writing a book—and with a bestselling author as your guide. 

Every good book starts with a strong plan, but it's hard to plan when you don't know where to start. If you're a first-time author and you would like to be guided through the process of creating a marketable non-fiction book proposal, join author Ann Douglas for The Summer of the Book and take your book from idea to proposal.

During this eight-week course (from July 1 to August 31), you will learn

  • how to sidestep the roadblocks preventing you from pursuing your writing dream
  • how to zero in on the book project that’s right for you
  • how to assess the marketability of your book project
  • how to maximize your book's appeal to publishers
  • how to develop a sample chapter that will wow a potential editor.

Format: It's summertime, so this course is designed with ease and flexibility in mind. We will combine online lessons, interactive worksheets, and four one-on-one 50-minute coaching sessions (conducted via video conference call) to ease you into the book-writing process.

How it works: Every second week, you will receive an online lesson and worksheet designed to guide you through the process of researching and writing a non-fiction book proposal.

Throughout the course, you will receive ongoing support and encouragement from a bestselling author with a proven track-record for helping first-time authors to break into print. She will provide detailed feedback on your book proposal and sample chapter, including suggestions on how you can increase its impact and marketability.

How to register: Register online at Course fee is $495. To ensure a relaxed atmosphere and time for individual coaching, only six writers will be accepted into this course.

About the instructor: Ann Douglas is the author of numerous bestselling books about pregnancy and parenting. She has delivered writing workshops on behalf of such organizations as The Writers’ Union of Canada, the Professional Writers Association of Canada, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors; and has taught writing courses at Trent University and Fleming College. Her website is