Plan Your Writing Career (with Laird Harrison)

Laird Harrison




SUNDAY, JANUARY 13  |  Getting published is a thrill, but the competition is stiff. To succeed, you have to carefully plan your career.
In this interactive course, you’ll create a road map to your fondest literary ambitions. Do you want to make money? Get published in top magazines? Hit the bestseller list? You’ll learn to evaluate the market for your work by analyzing your strengths and weaknesses, finding your competitive edge and identifying your niche. You’ll lay out each step you must take to get from where you are to where you want to be. This class is open to both new and midcareer writers pursuing their passion for the word.

Among the topics covered:

  • Setting goals
  • Psychological obstacles
  • Market research
  • Accounting
  • Negotiating rates
  • Pitching
  • Time management
  • Professional organizations
  • Contracts
  • Working with literary agents
  • Developing relationships with editors and publishers

Laird Harrison is an artist who has learned to think like an entrepreneur. His journalism has appeared in TIME, Reuters, Salon and Health among many other publications. He has produced audio for KQED Radio and WUNC and video for the Smithsonian. He is the author of the novel Fallen Lake. He has taught journalism at the University of California, Berkeley Extension, Media Bistro, and San Francisco State University. He loves what he does and makes a living doing it. 


Number of sessions: 1

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Date: Sunday, January 13

Course fee: $95

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