Online: Preparing for Publication
Wednesday 20 to Tuesday 26 March 2024, online
Full Price: $210
Conc Member: $135
This writing course, Online: Preparing for Publication with Tiffany Tsao, takes place online.
When you’re in the throes of writing your first book, you’re not necessarily thinking about what happens when you’re done. But that day will come. You’ll write the last sentence of your final chapter. You’ll lean back in your chair, stunned. And you’ll ask yourself, Now what?
This online course with Tiffany Tsao will help you prepare for the next stage in your writing journey: finding a suitable publisher or literary agent and getting them interested in your work.
In addition to learning critical information about finding a publisher or literary agent, you will practise crafting the materials you’ll need to catch an agent’s/publisher’s eye. These materials include:
- a short and memorable description of your work
- a convincing query letter
- a succinct, compelling, and accurate synopsis
- a captivating sample.
The course material has been designed for writers of prose fiction. Please note that a finished manuscript is not necessary to participate in this course. In fact, taking this course will help those in the midst of writing make informed artistic decisions about their current project. It will also help those who do have a finished draft revise their manuscript in preparation for publication.
This online course involves submitting short writing exercises, and giving and receiving peer feedback. Participants will also receive some tutor feedback.
Expected Learning Outcomes
In this workshop, participants will:
- Gain foundational knowledge about the process of getting published
- Complete either a polished or draft version of the materials they’ll need in order to find a publisher or literary agent
- Learn how to talk about their writing project in a clear and confident manner
- Learn how to make informed decisions about their current writing project.
Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.
You do not need to log into the course at a specific time and there are no live meetings. You will receive an email with an invitation link to join the online classroom by 10am on the day the course starts.
Please expect to spend a minimum of six hours on the course, noting that the amount of time needed to read, respond to discussions, write, revise and critique will vary from person to person.
- You can complete the lesson material in your own time.
- There will be assignments which have deadlines. To be guaranteed tutor feedback, you will need to complete the assignments by the deadline.
‘[I liked] the tutor feedback and clear breakdown of each of the publication materials, demystifying the process. A great course – I’d recommend it to others.’ — Annika, 2022
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About the tutor
Tiffany Tsao is the author of Under Your Wings (released in the US and UK as The Majesties) and erstwhile editor of the inaugural run of The Circular – a weekly newsletter spotlighting the best of Australian digital nonfiction. She also translates Indonesian fiction and poetry, for which she has received the 2023 NSW Premier’s Translation Prize […]