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“The Business of Writing”: The Path to Traditional Publishing for Fiction with Johnnie Bernhard

October 2, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT


Sat, October 2 & 9, 11am-1pm, CT, via Zoom
Instructor: Johnnie Bernhard
Nonmember: $125  Member: $105  Student: $75

Want to demystify the path to traditional publishing but don’t have the time and money to attend a full-scale writing conference? Learn about traditional publishing through sequential steps beginning with vetting a literary agent and a publisher, writing the query letter, mastering the synopsis, and formatting a manuscript to industry standards. This hands-on approach to traditional publishing, including the university press system, will guide you through industry standards, ensuring better opportunities for your manuscript or future writing projects. Bring your questions and projects to class and take that next step in your writing journey!

Read Johnnie’s Writer’s Desk Q&A at this link!

Johnnie Bernhard’s debut novel, A Good Girl (2017) was a finalist in literary fiction, Kindle Book Awards. Her second novel, How We Came to Be (2018) received the Summerlee Book Prize, HM.  Her third novel, Sisters of the Undertow (2020) was selected for discussion at the AWP  Conference, the Pat Conroy Literary Center, and the Southern Book Festival/Humanities Tennessee. Named “Best of the University Presses, 100 Books” by the Association of University Presses, it also received First Place in the Press Women of Texas Communications Contest. All her novels are in the permanent collection of the Texas Center for the Book. Johnnie was a 2020 TEDx speaker for the Fearless Women Series. Listen to The Human Story: What Connects Us as Humans Regardless of Geography, Race, and Religion by clicking the link.


October 2, 2021
11:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT
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Alexandra van de Kamp