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The Whole Book

A Six-Week Course to Outline Your Book

For writers embarking on a book-length project in any genre.

Jun 11-July 23, 2023

Priority Application Deadline: May 11, 2023

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Join a supportive group writers working on books

This six-week intensive course is open to eight writers.

 

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The Whole Book is For You if…

  • You have published some writing in journals, a chapbook or a book and are currently working toward a book-length project.
  • Want to join a dedicated group of writers you can run ideas by, and who will share their experiences, too, so that you can move forward with your book and writing career.
  • You’re ready to get support and helpful feedback from an experienced editor and a group of warm and committed peers.

Whole Book Course Details

 

Prices in USD and include applicable taxes.

Course Outline

During the Whole Book Course, you will outline your book-length memoir, novel, or poetry collection.

We start with tools and resources for outlining a book, then we meet weekly for feedback on your progress and to discuss your challenges and solutions.

Our small group will workshop sample chapters or a completed outline. (Workshop led by Rachel.)

The course also includes two one-on-one mentoring meetings with Rachel to answer questions and make sure you’re on track.

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  • Book outlining resources, and instruction
  • Weekly craft assignments
  • Four guided workshops where each participant will receive feedback on sections of their manuscript or complete outline
  • Two one-on-one mentoring meetings with Rachel to answer questions, make sure you’re on track and get feedback on your book-in-progress

Pricing Info

You will be able to choose from the sliding scale option that fits your circumstances. (There is no assessment required.)

Each cohort is limited to eight writers.

All prices in USD and include applicable taxes.

Securely pay with your Visa, MasterCard, or PayPal account.

Sliding-Scale Pricing

I offer sliding scale pricing options to provide more access for writers who need this and reconciliation pricing for IBPOC and/or Trans Writers.

Support Tier  $497 or $167/mo x3
For recently unemployed writers or writers experiencing reduced income and who do not have access to generational or personal wealth.

Support Tier 2 $397 or $137/mo x3
For writers who are experiencing financial insecurity and who also do not have access to personal or generational wealth and/or savings.

IBPOC +/ Trans Reconciliation Price Details

I offer reconciliation pricing in recognition of how colonialism, white supremacy, and capitalism concentrates resources and wealth into the hands of the few at the expense of the many.

This pricing is offered ONLY to Indigenous, Black and other writers of colour and transgender writers because  systemic racism and transphobia create financial disadvantages for these communities.*
$297 or $99/mo x3

*Because this tier is limited to 5 spots per year, if you are a IBPOC and/or trans writer with some means or funding, you may wish to choose from the sliding-scale tiers above.

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What writers in our community have said about the Whole Book course…

You’ve managed to have really awesome talented writers gravitate towards your programs. There’s such magic that happens, all the different perspectives, too, were super helpful. I’m really, really incredibly thankful for the Whole Book and I feel super grateful to everyone in the group.

Sherine Elbanhawy

The course was clearly laid out and tailored to each person. I appreciated the guidance on creating chapter/book outlines and sharing them with each other to talk about in detail. The workshopping process was instrumental for me in better understanding my book project, and the weekly check-ins helped to keep up the momentum. I never would have considered writing a book without the support of Rachel and this program.

Lina Lau

I loved getting to know other people’s manuscripts, and I really liked the variety of forms and content that we were working with. I learned so much from giving feedback to other people, and from hearing theirs. Everybody in the class was kind, generous and helpful. When confidence falters and doubt creeps in it’s wonderful to be working with supportive, encouraging writers who know what you’re trying to do and who are cheering you on. In the company of my dear allies in the Whole Book course I went from being frightened of my giant octopus of a manuscript to viewing it as an exciting project that I could finish and be proud of.

Miche Genest

I am so grateful for your platform and the community that you have created because it allows for a running dialogue, where ideas are shared and discussed. Sharing insights with other writers who are engaged in similar pursuits has energized and strengthened my writing practice.

Wendy Atwell

Apply Below

June-July 2023 Session Application

Priority Application Deadline: May 11, 2023

 

There is no need to be intimidated by the application. I am not looking for writers with an already-ready book, just writers who are serious and ready to work on a book-length project. Applications are assessed in the order they are received. Apply early to confirm your spot.

You can limit this to recent publications (last five years) if this list is long.
For example, weekends only, weekdays only, mornings, afternoons. Also include your time zone for my reference.
*Currently Writerly Love Members will receive 25% off the above prices at time of registration.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Apply using the form that appears on this page during our enrollment period. (Or join the waitlist when registration is not open.)

Who is this course for?

The program is best suited for writers who have started a book project. That said, you can benefit at any stage and we adapt to your specific needs (we’ll do that in our one-on-one meetings, if needed). I’ve seen the program work for writers who only have a book idea and for writers working on their fourth draft of a manuscript.

Is there a specific point in the book process that this is best for?

The program is best suited for writers who have started a book project. That said, you can benefit at any stage and we adapt to your specific needs (we’ll do that in our one-on-one meetings, if needed). I’ve seen the program work for writers who only have a book idea and for writers working on their fourth draft of a manuscript. 

What is involved in the course?

Here is a course outline:

  1. Week 1: Introduction, lesson on narrative forms and audience. (You’ll also have a one-on-one conference with me this week.)
  2. Weeks 2-4: We workshop the outline or book project summary for two participants each week. (You’ll need to read and prepare feedback for each outline/summary and also prepare and submit your own for your week.) Weekly craft assignments.
  3. Week 5: Conclusion, preparing to market your book (at any stage), and plans for the next stage of your writing. (You’ll have your second one-on-one call with me.)

Over the five weeks of the course, you will join 1.5-hour weekly meetings and two one-on-one conferences.

Participants also set aside one hour between Monday to Wednesday post assignments, ask questions, and give feedback to one another.

For the workshop, participants read the two weekly submissions from Tuesday to Saturday and provide a brief response by the end of day Saturday.

When Will We Meet?

Our 1.5 hour calls are held early in the day on Sundays.

Participants set aside one hour between Monday to Wednesday post assignments, ask questions, and give feedback to one another.

What is the expected time commitment?

In addition to our weekly 1.5-hour call, the expected time commitment is 2-3 hours per week to complete the craft lessons and provide feedback. You will need additional hours in the week when you prepare your outline or sample chapters for submission to workshop. (The time required depends on your project, but may be an additional 3-5 hours in the week prior your submission.)

What kind of feeback will I get on my writing?

You will get detailed, knowledgeable feedback on your book project from both your peers and instructor.

How much does it cost?

The course costs $597 USD.

If it is easier for you to pay in installments I offer the option of paying over three monthly payments of $199. I also offer sliding-scale pricing for writers who cannot afford the full rate.

Do you offer sliding-scale prices for this course?

Yes. Here are the sliding-scale pricing details:

$497 USD for recently unemployed writers or writers experiencing reduced income and who do not have access to generational or personal wealth

$397 USD for writers experiencing financial insecurity and who do not have access to personal or generational wealth and/or savings.

I also offer “reconciliation” pricing (for IBPOC and/ or trans writers). This pricing recognizes that colonialism, white supremacy, and capitalism concentrates resources and wealth into the hands of the few at the expense of the many. The reconciliation rate of $297 USD is for IBPOC and/or trans writers.

If it is easier for you to pay in installments I offer the option of paying over three monthly payments for each of the pricing options.

What payment options are available?

I offer a one-time or monthly payment option and sliding scale pricing for writers who cannot afford the full rate.

What if I have more questions?

If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to me on Slack or book a one-on-one call with me using the link on this page.