Writing A Non-Fiction Proposal: The Essentials

14th February 2024 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Online

Are you writing non-fiction? Do you want to submit your work to literary agents?

In this lunchtime masterclass, literary agent Eli Keren will break down the key essentials of putting together a non-fiction proposal to send out to agents. He'll discuss the process of getting a publishing deal, and the journey a non-fiction proposal goes on during this process. He'll break down exactly what a non-fiction proposal needs to include, the do's and don'ts, and how to position it for a commercial audience. 

This masterclass will be online via Teams. It will also be recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you'll be able to catch-up and access the recording for up to two weeks after the event has taken place.

Speaker profiles
Eli Keren

I started my publishing career at Curtis Brown before joining United Agents in 2016. Now an associate literary agent, I am actively building my own list of fiction and non-fiction. Earlier this year I was elected treasurer of the Association of Authors' Agents, and later this year I will be judging Bloomsbury’s inaugural Academic Writing Fellowship for non-fiction writers. Before I started working in books, I was a research scientist designing and synthesising novel drugs (white coat and everything), and science books remain a particular passion of mine. I'm also interested in LGBTQ+-themed books in both fiction and non-fiction.

In non-fiction, I usually work with expert-led smart and engaging popular science, cultural histories and LGBTQ+ books. My own background is in chemistry, but I'm fairly omnivorous and have experience with a wide range of experience gripping commercial non-fiction. I enjoy books by writers completely obsessed with a niche subject who are skilled enough communicators to make the rest of the world fall in love with their passion too, whatever that passion might be. I am interested in any book that will change the world for the better. I often work with new clients from the ground up, helping them to draft the first draft of their proposal, so long as they come to me with an interesting idea, the expertise to back it and the communication skills to pull it off. I also do a lot of outreach, teaching non-fiction writers


Booking & payment

The workshop fee of £20 (incl. VAT) is payable in full online. Please note that payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services, as part of our accessibility scheme. Contact W&A Admin on events@writersandartists.co.uk so that we can find a payment schedule that works for you.

This is a live online event which will be presented using video conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided by the W&A Team a week before the event start-date. Please note, all event timings are in UK time.

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  • It’s of real importance to Writers & Artists that our events and courses remain accessible to all. Payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services, as part of our accessibility scheme

  • Writers & Artists has made one bursary place available for this event as part of our accessibility scheme. Please visit our bursaries page to find out how to apply for bursaries to the course. 
  • At the speaker's discretion, event materials will be made available to attendees after the masterclass.

  • A link to a recording of the masterclass will be circulated after the event. This will be made available to event attendees only, and for a time-limited period.

  • This event will include written text and visuals. Please contact us in advance so that we can make arrangements to be sure all documents appear in a format that works for you.

  • If you’d like to attend but have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, then please email AccessWA@bloomsbury.com



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