The Writer's Path at SMU

Narrative or Creative Nonfiction Track


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Narrative Nonfiction: THE PROPOSAL

REALITY INSPIRES YOU. It is stranger and more intriguing than fiction. But what do you do with the stories you've heard? How do you relate what you've experienced? Who would be interested in your true tale? In twelve weeks learn how to take your idea to proposal, the tool that editors and agents need for a nonfiction project. In the first four weeks, you'll meet in class and learn how to write your first three chapters. In the next four weeks, in a distance-mentoring component, you will perfect those chapters. The final four weeks in class, you'll polish your pages and build your marketing platform.

This is the place; this is the track to learn what to write, how to package it and who might want it. Creative Writing Foundation prerequisite.

SMU Writer's Seminar in New York

For four days, in the extraordinary setting of an Upper East-side mansion, students will have the opportunity to live the literary life. Hear an honest and full critique of your manuscript from publishing professionals, enjoy meals and lectures with those in the business, and learn firsthand the intricacies of the publishing world. Visit smu.edu/newyork for complete prerequisite listing.

*Formula For Success

The New York Seminar serves as a culmination of the The Writer's Path at SMU, and as such, carries several prerequisites: nine required courses, a complete original novel, and a selection process. These requirements help our students move from course to course within the program along pre-determined paths that contribute to their success and help to ensure they gain specific skills and reach certain benchmarks before moving on to the next level. Following these prerequisites ensures the highest quality and the greatest readiness for the New York Seminar applicants.