Seminar I

Seminar I addresses the "professionalizing" aspects of writing and demystifies the publication process; students will learn how to negotiate contractual agreements, how to prepare writing for publication, how to handle publishers' copy editing tactfully, whether to use a literary agent, and the publishing differences across the writing markets (scholarly versus trade, specialized trade publications, textbooks, creative outlets, Internet publishing, and so on). In addition, the class will have a short unit on grants and funding, as many writers need external financial support for their work. Students will explore the benefits of joining writers' associations and guilds and the types of responsibilities writers take on when writing for publication. Seminar I also introduces students to the Master's Project requirement and all students are expected to complete a written prospectus and begin the preliminary stages of their Master's Project.

Prerequisites: MAWR 01554 and MAWR 01559