How to Write a Book
Taught by Jennifer Mattson
Jennifer Mattson is a former radio producer for "The Connection" and worked as an editor for National Public Radio. She spent over six years as a producer for CNN, where she was responsible for CNN's daily live newscasts and producing CNN's international coverage. Jennifer came to CNN to work in the Washington bureau's political unit during the 1996 U.S. presidential election. She later moved to Atlanta, where she worked first as a writer and then as a newscast producer at CNN International. Prior to joining CNN, Jennifer worked as a reporter based in Budapest, Hungary covering Eastern Europe, where she reported on a number of regional stories for USA TODAY including a piece on George Soros and the Clinton-Yeltsin CSCE Summit. She has also reported, most recently, from Asia. Her work has appeared in TheAtlantic.com, USA TODAY, The Boston Globe, The Women's Review of Books, AsianCorrespondent.com, Tablettalk.com and CNN.com. She is the former Managing Editor of AsiaSociety.org. Follow her on Twitter at @jennifermattson
So You Want to Write A Book?
The process of beginning a book starts with an idea that won’t leave you alone, a great story, a yearning to express oneself or a desire to delve deep into uncharted territory. It may be a bit of each.
But writing requires more than passion, it demands our dedication to show up for the page again and again, planning and a healthy dose of resilience.
In this one-day workshop, we’ll explore the art of the idea and take a look at the differences between non-fiction, fiction and memoir. The class will include exercises and handouts aimed at helping you narrow down your own book idea and some sense of how to tackle the process.
This workshop is open to anyone who has dreamed of writing book and wants to explore the possibility.
Please bring both a journal to write in and a computer (if you enjoy typing).
**There may be a surprise guest visit from either an agent or novelist who has been through the book writing process to share their experience and answer questions.