OCWW: Off Campus Writers Workshop hosts Allie Pleiter

January 17, 2013: Michelle Duster — Crystalizing Your Book Idea: Transform a Concept into a Strategy

You have an idea for a book and maybe even have started it, but now you're not sure which direction to take: children, teen or adult. Fiction or nonfiction. What category of nonfiction? There are so many choices: memoir, essay, biography, autobiography, travelogue, cookbook, and handbook. Through a series of exercises, you will see how many paths you can take with your idea, narrow down which one best fits your goal, and leave with a clearer strategy on how to approach your idea.

Submit manuscripts by January 1, 2013. Contact information is in OCWW Bulletin.

Michelle Duster is a writer, speaker, and project manager with more than 20 years' experience in advertising and marketing. A native Chicagoan, she earned her BA in psychology and MA in communications, and studied film and video production. She has conducted several workshops on writing, marketing, and book publishing. She has written and sold several thousand copies of her two books: Ida In Her Own Words (2008) and Ida From Abroad (2010). Visit Michelle's website www.MLDWrites.com.



$10 per session for members ($15 for nonmembers).


Look for Penny at the OCWW to welcome you and introduce you to fellow writers.

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  • Diann M.

    wonderful presentation

    February 14, 2013

  • Brenda R.

    a truly motivational speaker

    February 14, 2013

  • Kathleen K.

    My agent as me rewriting a proposal tomorrow so I can not make it. Hope to attend soon.

    February 13, 2013

  • Mildred L.

    sorry .I have a personal commitment. Milly

    February 13, 2013

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