Bestseller Book Writing Boot Camp

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Research to Bestseller: turning your research into a creative non-fiction book boot camp

2021 dates:

  • June 4, 11, 18 2021

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If you are interested in writing a popular book based on your research (and maybe even making some money), this bootcamp is for you! Our first ever book writing bootcamp is designed to help you think about translating your research into a mainstream, research based book that would be interesting for a major publisher.

Reports of 'the death of the book' have been greatly exaggerated. Books continue to be bought online and in stores, and downloaded as e-books in very healthy numbers. The readers buying these books are fascinated by ideas-based writing.

Often called creative non-fiction, this category encompasses science, history, politics, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, language, psychology – the list is diverse and endless with the unifying factor being that this is where research is brought to life and transformed into writing that engages, educates and entertains.

This workshop will be in our famous Bootcamp mode, with information, exercises and time to write in the company of others. Come armed with an idea or two for a book and be prepared to write fast and furiously!

We will look at how to take your research and rework it for an intelligent, non-specialist audience. It will set out the steps needed to become ‘talent’ – the sort of person with a profile that makes a publisher sit up and take notice. You will learn how to prepare your writing for publication and pitch it to a trade or commercial publisher.

By the end of this workshop you will have:

1) An idea of how to get yourself noticed and become ‘a person of interest’ to publishers.

2) Thought about what in your research might make the beginnings of a book.

3) Identified possible audiences for this book

4) Worked out how best to identify potential publishers and how to best pitch to them

This workshop will be presented by Simon Clews, an Honorary (Senior) Fellow at the Doherty Institute at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of The New Academic. He has spent the last decade and a half encouraging, motivating and training academics to engage with the world beyond the academy. Professor Inger Mewburn (@thesiswhisperer), Director of Researcher Development at ANU, Inger will support Simon to deliver this workshop and can be contacted if you have any questions or concerns prior to the event.

From Research to Bestseller: turning your research into a creative non-fiction book

  • Friday 4th of June from 10am to 4pm via Zoom - Simon Clews 
  • Friday 11th of June from 10am to 4pm via Zoom - Inger Mewburn
  • Friday 18th of June from 10am to 4pm via Zoom - Inger Mewburn

This bootcamp is only open to HDR candidates at ANU. It will obviously be suitable for humanities candidates, but we want to encourage scientists who are interested in develoing their science communication career to apply too.

There are only 30 places available. Make sure you read the monthly HDR Update for details about upcoming Boot Camp dates and other development opportunities. This is sent to your ANU student email address at the start of each month. We expect this bootcamp to be popular, so we will prioritise people closer to the end of candidature.