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The Write Stuff: The Basics of Writing and Publishing a Book

Week of August 3, 2024

Have you ever had an idea for a fiction book but don’t know where to start? From idea to shelf, this program will lead you through the writing and publication journey. Learn how to outline, write, edit, and navigate the traditional publishing industry.

Lecture: Starting Your Novel: Elements of Story + Outline
Methods and tips on story structure, chapter structure plot, character, dialogue, setting, description and how to outline.

Writing Workshop: Writing Prompt

Lecture: Words on Paper: Writing and Revising 101
Methods and tips on how to complete a first draft, edit for strengthening the story, overwriting + underwriting, and create a writing + revising community.

Writing Workshop : Writing Prompt

Lecture: Navigating Publishing: Query Letters + Agents & Editors
Methods and tips on crafting the perfect pitch, landing an agent, and understanding the publishing business.


Karina Evans is the author of the middle grade novels, Grow Up, Tahlia Wilkins!, Audrey Covington Breaks the Rules, and Millie of the Manor. She studied English at the University of Delaware before starting a career in the entertainment industry. Karina currently works for Disney, and had previously worked for Paramount, Lucasfilm, and Sony. You can visit her online at

Instagram: @karinaewrites