Plan Your Writing Career (with Laird Harrison)

Laird Harrison




SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 |  Getting published is a thrill, but competition is stiff. To succeed, you have to carefully plan your career.

In this survey course, you’ll create a roadmap 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 course will include a concise overview of the following topics:

  • 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

This class is open to both new and mid-career writers pursuing their passion for the word.

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 public radio, video for the Smithsonian. He is the author of the novel Fallen Lake. He has taught journalism at the U.C. Berkeley Extension, Media Bistro and San Francisco State University. He loves what he does and makes a living by doing it.


Number of sessions: 1

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dates: Saturday, August 10

Course fee: $95

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