The Accidental Careerist
You loved books as a child, as a tween, as a teen, and as a college student, so it was perfectly reasonable of you to assume you might want to write one at some point. But then you realized that writing fiction is a hard, unpleasant, solitary, unpleasant, lonely, hard, solitary, unpleasant undertaking that very rarely involves Benzedrine and/or fighting in the Spanish Civil War. But you still love books, and working in publishing allows you to work with books, so there’s that…
BOOK MARKETING IN PRINT AND ONLINE
Learn about the latest print and online venues for book marketing from an industry veteran. Ok, honestly, nobody knows what the secret is yet, especially not an “industry veteran,” but if you’re going to hang on to your job as the whole publishing world panics it wouldn’t hurt to flash some of that lingo around, no?
LEGAL ISSUES AND BOOK PUBLISHING: CONTRACTS, CONTENT AND COPYRIGHT · NYU
Working your way through a publishing contract can be like trying to put together a piece of Ikea furniture in the dark, after an hour with the Aquavit. This course guides you through all the legal mumbo (and some jumbo) related to book publishing and all the new made-up laws governing internet publishing (see above, re: getting the lingo down).
BOOK MANUSCRIPT EDITING WORKSHOP · NYU
Are you working enough with actual literature? Learn how to take someone’s (metaphorical) baby and alter it beyond recognition, without hurting his or her feelings. It’s kind of like what parents do on Toddlers & Tiaras, but without, you know, real children.
The Unrepentant Dreamer
Just because Thomas Hardy got up at 5:30am to write before going to his mind-numbing job doesn’t mean you can (it’s not likely that you can, so just stop trying). You thought the best way to a career as a novelist was to get as close to the professional world of books as possible, but it turns out the best way to a career as a novelist is to write, except you just don’t have time. But before you quit your job to live in a garret producing masterworks, why don’t you ease back into the writing with a course or two.
PERSONAL ESSAY WRITING · NYU
Personal essays are so hot right now. No, really, they are. Be the next Sloane Crosley. Or better yet, make up a compelling hellacious experience and say that it really happened and become famous, and then get caught, and then just pretend nothing ever happened!
FICTION SEMINAR: THE UNHINGED NARRATOR · COLUMBIA
Everyone could use a little bit of crazy now and then. Learn how to write fiction from an “outsider” point of view and study works by Dostoevsky, Jean Rhys, Samuel Beckett and others.
SHORT STORY WRITING · NYU
No one can really teach you to be the next, you know, what’s her name, that lady from the New Yorker… Alice Munro! Yeah. But having to show up at a class and talk to other people about your writing is a pretty good incentive to, you know, actually write.
WRITING WORKSHOPS IN MORNINGSIDE
Save some dollars with a low cost membership to this community of writers. The Morningside Writers group offers workshops, editorial services and a network of established writers from which to draw professional contacts and advice.
We're thinking of taking most of these courses, so someday we too can be a grownup magazine!
Aug 19, 2009
Remember how George and Jerry came up with a show about nothing and got filthy rich playing themselves? You can do that.
Aug 19, 2009
Be a rockstar. Or a record mogul. Or a sound dude. DON'T LET THE DREAM DIE, DUDE.
Aug 19, 2009