Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

  • Term: Summer 2022
  • Start Date: June 18, 2022
  • End Date: June 18, 2022
  • Day of Week: Saturday
  • Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Level: Advanced, Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $305.00
  • Member Price: $274.50

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Agents, Editors, and the Publishing Industry (for BIPOC)

This one-day class offers an overview of the publishing business geared toward BIPOC writers of fiction and nonfiction. We will discuss ways of subverting the "white gaze" in publishing and building networks of support. Participants will learn about writing query letters, finding the agent that is the best champion of their voice, and advocating for their vision/project in a white-dominated publishing industry. The class will bring in agents (with an opportunity to pitch selected projects to an agent!), as well as editors from a big publishing house and an independent press, people who are looking for books by BIPOC authors and are working to change the industry from within.

Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha


Sonora Jha is the author of the novel Foreign (Random House India, 2013) and the essay collection/memoir How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family (Sasquatch Books USA/Penguin Random House India 2021). She is a professor of journalism at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Seattle Times, DAME, and several anthologies. Sonora was the 2016–18 Hugo House Prose Writer-in-Residence. She teaches classes for Creative Nonfiction, Hugo House, Hedgebrook, and Seattle Public Libraries. Sonora is currently working on a second novel.