I'm thrilled to be teaching a new "Fiction Writing and Publication" course this June, back at Hyannis Center on Main Street in Hyannis. For the last five years, I've taught this popular class for both Cape Cod Community College's Center for Corporate and Professional Education and for the Town of Falmouth's Community School in a number of locations, and I've met so many aspiring authors and hopefully helped them on their writing journey. I've even read some of their finished manuscripts and visited their writing groups, which has been so rewarding. If you're interested in writing a novel, or exploring publishing options, and you're in the Cape Cod area, consider joining us! The press release is below:
Ready to Write That Novel?
A course offered this summer in Hyannis provides instruction on writing fiction and guidance on publishing options.
For many writers, a quote by Nobel Prize-Winning Author Toni Morrison summarizes the beginning of the journey: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Many people dream of writing a novel, but aren’t sure how to begin. Even once a manuscript is finished, the choices within the publishing industry seem to grow every day. Literary agents continue to seek clients for the big publishing houses, smaller electronic presses have become a force in the new digital world, and more options than ever exist for those looking to publish independently. Unfortunately, this type of growth has also resulted in many sites looking to take advantage of authors eager to publish and promote their work. The entire process can become overwhelming quickly.
A four-week afternoon class offered by Cape Cod Community College’s Center for Corporate and Professional Education aims to offer guidance to aspiring authors. “Fiction Writing and Publication” will be held at the Hyannis Center on Thursday afternoons, June 7—June 28, from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Bestselling author and Mashpee resident Kathryn Knight will teach the elements of successful fiction writing and outline the various options in the rapidly changing publishing industry. Key concepts such as voice, POV, the hook, Goal-motivation-conflict, and character development will be discussed. Idea inspiration, common pitfalls, and query letters will also be covered. Finally, avenues to publication - from self-publishing to small and digital presses to seeking agent representation - will be explored.
Hyannis Center is located at 540 Main Street. Pre-registration is required; please visit Cape Cod Community College online here (there's a "Register Now" button on the description page) or call 508.375.5010 to register. Cost is $119, no materials or experience needed.