Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Lawrence W. Wilson, Advanced Career Track Continuing Class


Who is this class designed for and what are the requirements?


The Advanced Career Track is for writers who have already been published and want to take their writing—both craft and career—to the next level. The basic requirement is to have at least one book published or under contract, or at least 75 published manuscripts not counting reprints. Our goal is to help people move from “Wow! I just got published” to “I have a writing career” (even if it’s not full-time).



Give us a breakdown of your class.


We’ll help writers develop themselves in four areas this week. The first is finding yourself as a writer. This is about knowing yourself, your vision for your work, finding your voice, and figuring out what you want to accomplish as a writer. 


The second session helps writers navigate the publishing landscape by learning to be a professional in the writing business. This session will include a panel of agents and editors to talk about developing yourself as a writer, identifying writing opportunities, and establishing yourself in “the business.” 


The third day is about selling—selling manuscripts, selling books, monetizing your blog, and selling yourself as a writing partner. This will be a highlights session on how to make money at writing (versus simply getting published occasionally). 


Day four is devoted to craft. The writing business is, after all, about writing. This session will include ways to push yourself as a writer, and an honest (but kind!) critique of writing submitted by class volunteers. 


How can people prepare for your class?


There are a couple of things you could do. First, write a brief (50-75 words) description of yourself and your aspirations as a writer. We’ll work on that the very first day. Second—if you’re really brave!—select a brief piece of nonfiction writing (2-4 manuscript pages) that you think is really your best work. In the critique session, we’ll see if we can make it better. Other than that, come with an eager attitude and expect to learn something and make some new friends!


Tell us a little about your writing journey.


I was a pastor who always wanted to be a writer and finally found a way to do both. As a younger pastor, I wrote constantly—newsletters, curriculum, letters to the editor, you name it. I did contract writing, mostly curriculum, for about ten years. When I got the chance to work at our denominational publishing house, I jumped at it. I was really a jack of all trades there and eventually became editorial director. That helped me get a handle on all kinds of writing because we published everything from curriculum to trade books to commentaries and Bible studies. 

Though I pastored for about 20 years in all, I now freelance full-time, mostly collaborative writing (i.e., ghosting) and editing. I still do my own writing too. My fourth book released last fall, and I blog, and, yes, still do contract writing! 



Read more about Lawrence W. Wilson.

Write-to-Publish meets June 14-17
in the Chicago area.

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