R269. Writing Before You Write: How to Write a Book Proposal

Florida Salon 5, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


The nice thing about nonfiction is you can sell it on proposal. The challenging thing about nonfiction is that you must write a book proposal. But how can you envision and communicate an entire book’s narrative arc before you've even written it? This diverse panel of prominent writers with a successful track record of pitching book proposals will detail and provide insights into what it takes to get a nonfiction book deal while exploring topics of professional etiquette and artistic integrity.



Christine Hyung-Oak Lee is the author of a memoir (Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember) and forthcoming novel (The Golem of Seoul). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, ZYZZYVA, Guernica, The Rumpus, Hyphen magazine, and BuzzFeed.

Elizabeth Isadora Gold’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Tin House, The Rumpus, Salon, and many other publications. Her nonfiction book, The Mommy Group: Freaking Out, Finding Friends, and Surviving the Happiest Times of Our Lives was published by Atria Books in 2016.

Marie Mutsuki Mockett's memoir, Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye, examines grief against the backdrop of the 2011 Great East Earthquake in Japan. It was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, 2016 Indies Choice Best Book of Nonfiction, and 2016 Northern California Book Award.

Ashley Ford is an essayist, editor, and columnist with work in PANK magazine, The Rumpus, Crossed Genres magazine, ELLE magazine, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, and Literary Orphans.


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