Women's Fiction Writing and Publishing

Take your character on a journey to personal growth and love!

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  • Discussions Mondays 9-10pm ET, 6 sessions full schedule

In Her Shoes, My Sister’s Keeper, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood are all best-selling titles from women’s fiction, one of publishing’s booming categories. Women's fiction is a catchall term for books that aren't quite romance and aren't quite literary. If you want to write a book with a female protagonist on a journey towards personal growth and love, this class is for you! 
Breaking into this crowded category of publishing isn’t easy, but in this course, you'll learn how to get started. With the guidance of a mentor who has worked as an agent, editor and novelist herself, you will gain the perspective of every side of the publishing industry, and you’ll draft a story that could sit beside one of Jodi Picoult’s!

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Create compelling, realistic characters
  • Writer great dialogue and create and resolve powerful conflict
  • Revise, cut, and tighten your manuscript
  • Find an agent and create a submission package
  • Figure out if self-publishing or house publishing is right for you
  • Get your book out of your head and onto the page

By the end of class, you will have:

A roadmap for your book, your first 100 pages drafted and the knowledge to get your finished book published the way you want it to be.

Kelly Harms is the author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane, which Kirkus called "A perfect recipe of clever, quirky, poignant and fun." She has also worked with New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, Edgar, RITA, and Agatha award winners, and Indie Next List Picks in her time as an editor at a division of HarperCollins and later as an agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her adorable and sometimes imperious toddler Griffin.