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OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL is pleased to announce our CAMPUS online workshop/class for the month of August

SIX KEYS TO A WINNING NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL

INSTRUCTOR: Virginia McCullough

DATES: August 16th – 29th, 2010

COST: $10 - Members, $20 - Non Members

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 14th, 2010

FMI: http://www.oirw.net/campus/currentcourselist.htm

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Many novelists nurture ideas for nonfiction books, but lack the know-how to create effective book proposal packages, the basic marketing tool for nonfiction books, particularly for memoir, how-to, and self-help. The world of nonfiction has its own conventions and etiquette, and unique—and constantly changing—proposal package formats. This workshop covers six key components of a winning nonfiction book proposal: Hook, Reason, Readers, Timing, Author, and Platform.

The “six keys” concept provides a shortcut to constructing a proposal sure to attract attention of agents and editors. The workshop format breaks down each key, and discusses its importance in all types of nonfiction. For some authors, timing is everything, but for others, credentials are more important than anything else. In addition to illuminating each step in the proposal process, the workshop includes a discussion of the additional components of the package, including sample chapters, spin-off projects and supporting materials.

PRESENTER BIO

Two-time Golden Heart finalist, and seasoned workshop presenter, Virginia McCullough has run her own fulltime writing business for over twenty-five years. As a ghostwriter/editor, she has written over 100 books for her clients and coauthors, who include doctors, therapists, and other healthcare professionals, speakers, attorneys, and other professionals. Her eleven coauthored books include her 2009 Sourcebooks release, Option Trading in Your Spare Time: A Guide to Financial Independence for Women, written with option trading expert Wendy Kirkland. Her 2008 release, 52 Ways to Bring More Humor, Hugs, and Hope into Your Life, was coauthored with professional speaker, Greg Risberg, MSW, a professional speaker. The Oxygen Revolution (Sourcebooks 2007), written with hyperbaric medicine pioneer, Paul Harch, MD, is coming out in softcover and digital format in 2010 and a Slovakian edition is scheduled for April 2010.

Virginia initially broke into publishing through magazine articles on family living, women’s issues, children’s literature, and sailing. A member of the Author’s Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Speakers Association, she has

presented numerous “live” workshops on writing/publishing issues and while living in Chicago, she presented her workshop, “How to Get Your Published,” more than a dozen times. Her two-week online versions of Six Keys to a Wining Nonfiction Book Proposal offered by two RWA chapters were well-attended and well-received. (She’s also given a popular four-week online workshop, The Joy of Independence, for two RWA chapters.)

Virginia’s contemporary single-title manuscripts have won numerous chapter contests. Since she enjoys nothing more than hanging out with other writers, she belongs to several RWA chapters in addition to her home group, the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America (WisRWA), and enjoys producing essays for chapter newsletters. The mother of two grown children, Virginia currently lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but has lived in several states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Visit her online at: www.virginiamccullough.com

CUTOFF DATE FOR REGISTRATION IS: August 14th, 2010

CAMPUS workshops encompass the RESEARCH, CRAFT and BUSINESS aspects of writing.

The workshops are conducted via email only, no real-time or live chats, on a private list. Participants will be subbed to the list for the month of the workshop then un-subbed when it's over. Each workshop includes lectures and Q & A sessions. You don't have to be an RWA member to take these workshops; they are open to everyone with email capability who wishes to participate.

ON RECEIPT OF YOUR PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION FORM YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMING THAT YOU HAVE BEEN REGISTRATED FOR THE WORKSHOP. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE WORKSHOP CO-ORDINATOR BEFORE THE WORKSHOP BEGINS.

CAMPUS REFUND POLICY--

No refunds will be given for withdrawing from a workshop. In the event a workshop is canceled by the instructor CAMPUS offers the option of taking another workshop or the return of payment check. In the event the class member misses the cut-off date for a workshop, the payment check will be returned or another workshop can be selected.

Check out the OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL website at http://www.oirw.net/, WHERE you can find out more about becoming a member of OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL ROMANCE WRITERS Chapter.

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