Elevator Pitches and Cover Copy: Finding the Center of Your Story, with Emily Lackey

Imagine your book is finished. You can pick it up in your hands, turn it over, and read the words on the back cover. What do those words say? Jacket copy, or a book’s pitch is not just a marketing ploy. The practice of pinning down what your book is about and why it matters can be a useful tool at every stage of the writing process. It can be a guiding light in the early days of drafting, a line in the sand during the messy days of revising, and a critical component of sending your work out to agents and editors. In this workshop, writers will work through a series of examples and exercises to discover the heart of their stories, the burning belief at the center of the narrative, and why it is necessary to tell.

Saturday, March 12, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ($75)

Emily Lackey is Writers in Progress’s Assistant Director. Her stories and essays have been published in Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Post Road, The Literary Review, Longreads, The Rumpus, Green Mountains Review, and The Huffington Post, among others. She was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and an artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Newnan ArtRez. After receiving her MFA from the University of New Hampshire, she taught writing at the University of New Hampshire and in the graduate writing program at Southern New Hampshire University. Find out more at http://www.emilylackey.com

Emily Lackey