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Find the Story In Your Information


Saturday, September 21st, 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM at Lunar Collective

Whether you’re presenting case studies, client testimonials, or just facts about what you do—to capture your audience and engage with your potential clients you need to infuse data with a sense of story. In this workshop, AprilJo Murphy will help you find the narrative that’s hiding in your information and excavate the compelling story that you and your business have to share.

You should attend this workshop if you struggle with helping people understand why your information or data matters.


After this workshop, attendees will be able to identify the basics of narrative structure in the information that they possess. By thinking of their data as a narrative— with a beginning, middle, and end, or a driving thematic question—they’ll be able to communicate their objectives and strengths more clearly.

Crafting A Solid Nonfiction Book Proposal

SIX-week online course with the Writing Barn

Coming January-February 2020

Unlike novelists, nonfiction writers must be prepared to persuade editors and agents that their book is a good investment in addition to being a captivating read.

Book proposals are how publishers decide whether or not to buy your manuscript. The proposal is how you can convince these publishers that your book interesting and that there is a market for it. To do this, you’ll need to provide a thorough run-down of your target audience, competitive titles, and have a high-level plan for how you will work with the publisher to promote your book once it hits the shelves.

This may sound scary, but  book proposals can also be a great source of inspiration and insight to writers—they can clarify your purpose and provide you with a clear writing plan. They can make you a better writer.

Taught by writer and editor AprilJo Murphy, this six-week course will give students the skills to distill their creative nonfiction projects into a convincing book proposal. Participants will learn how to craft compelling synopses, research comparable titles, discuss market trends, and over the course of the class, draft a nonfiction book proposal to use after class.

In addition to attending the online sessions, attendees will be required to submit drafts of relevant proposal sections and perform independent research between class sessions. These materials can be volunteered for in-class group critique. All students wanting critique must submit materials in advance of class sessions. Depending on interest, students should be able to commit to reading and providing feedback for 20-40 pages a week, depending on class size. April will thoroughly read and critique all student work.

Who Should Attend:

  • Writers working on nonfiction manuscripts (essay collections and memoir do not typically require proposals, but knowing how to craft one can still be helpful!)

  • Editors looking to learn how to read through submissions and spot a good manuscript

  • Writers looking to increase their knowledge of the book industry

  • Anyone interested in learning about how to quickly pitch, sell, and design basic marketing plans for their book.