The Book Proposal

w/ Rebecca Giggs

Nonfiction can, in many cases, be sold to a publisher off the strength of a book proposal and a set of sample chapters. In this intensive, practical program you will be taught the essentials of putting together a solid working document to show to agents and publishers as a ‘proof of concept.’

26 June – 29 July 2021

2 x Saturday sessions 10am – 3pm,  6 x evening sessions 6.30pm – 8.30pm



Course fee: $880/$748 alumni

Building on the foundational skills of writing nonfiction – concept proofing, research and reporting, genre conventions, understanding personal connection to material, structure and form – this tailored program is designed to give you dedicated space to build a compelling and captivating book proposal.

Working with acclaimed nonfiction writer, Rebecca Giggs, you will have time and expert guidance to workshop strong sample chapters and a synopsis with genuine cut through. You will discuss the ‘hook’ of your book – and ensure this is the book that only you can write – and to reflect on what makes your project unique. With rolling feedback from industry professionals, you will develop a clear understanding of how your manuscript might fit in the marketplace.

This course will cover foundational topics across two consecutive Saturdays, before moving to intensive workshopping over two consecutive weeks, to shape and finalise your book proposal.

This intensive acts as Writing Creative Nonfiction: Stage 2. Students who participate in this course, in tandem with Writing Creative Nonfiction: Stage 1, will have first 2000 words of your manuscript will be included in the Faber Writing Anthology, sent to publishers and agents across Australia and the UK.

Writers you'll be working with:

Rebecca Giggs

Rebecca Giggs is an author from Perth, Australia. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and in anthologies including Best Australian Essays, and Best Australian Science Writing. Rebecca’s nonfiction focuses on how people feel towards animals in a time of technological and ecological change. Fathoms: The World in the…

Course outline

Session 1:
Saturday 26 June, 10am – 3pm

  • The genre of the book proposal
  • Content and structure

Session 2:
Saturday 3 July, 10am – 3pm

  • Communicating core concept
  • The synopsis
  • How to make it all cut through

Session 3:
Tuesday July 20, Wednesday 21, Thursday July 22, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

  • Intensive workshopping for sample chapters and book proposal document

Session 4:
Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 July 6.30pm – 8.30pm

  • Workshopping continued and looking at “Next steps”
  • Identifying agents and publishers
  • Navigating the marketplace


How to Book

To apply you will need to submit, in a single document:

  • A brief 250 word overview of the project you plan to bring to class
  • A 250 word sample of prose from your work in progress

This process ensures that all applicants are applying for the course best suited to their needs.

Enter your application for The Book Proposal here by Friday 28 May 2021.