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Non-Fiction Book Proposals and the Publishing Process

You've found a killer true story or you're researching a fascinating subject and you want to write a book about it. But how do you start?

Led by published author  Sarah Lohman, this workshop will set you on the path to put together a nonfiction book proposal, get your proposal published, and train you on the ins and outs of the publishing process.

In week one, we’ll go over how to: 

  • Develop your idea and sharpen your elevator pitch
  • Compose all of the elements of a book proposal 
  • Find an agent

In week two, Sarah will unveil all the secrets of the publishing process:

  • What happens when your book is bought
  • The importance of fact checking and footnoting
  • What to expect leading up to your publish date

And week three will be left flexible; Sarah will focus on any questions or topics that have come up along the way.

This class is for you if you are: a nonfiction writer or someone interested in nonfiction writing and relatively new at writing books and proposals. We will not be talking about self-publishing or publishing fiction.

Let's get you on the path to getting published!

Instructors: Sarah Lohman is a culinary historian and the author of the bestselling book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. She focuses on the history of food as a way to access the stories of diverse Americans. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and NPR. She has lectured across the country, from the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC to The Culinary Historians of Southern California. Her current project, Endangered Eating: Exploring America’s Vanishing Cuisine will be released with W.W. Norton & Co. in October 2023.


Details: Non-Fiction Book Proposals and the Publishing Process takes place Tuesdays March 7, 14, and 21 from 6:30-8:30pm online via Zoom.

Prerequisites: None

Genre: Publishing/business of writing

Level: All levels

Format: Craft talk with Q&A.

Location: This class takes place online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 25 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with Inside Book Publishing, which will take place in February 2023.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 1.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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