Building a Network of Writers, Editors, and Publishers


Learn how successful literary agents cultivate relationships with aspiring writers, powerful editors, and prestigious publishers.

Starting at $695.00
As few as 10 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Identify the different roles each person plays in the publication of a book
  • Develop skills in researching editors who would be right for your clients
  • Build competence in networking, setting boundaries, negotiation, and long-term relationships
  • Create a representation wish-list that captures your unique passions and interests

About this course:

Creating a book (whether it be a picture book or an epic adult tome) is a highly complex and collaborative process involving many players. A literary agent’s success hinges in part on their ability to build relationships on either side of the publication process. This includes identifying and nurturing writers through the various stages of their careers and understanding what publishers want and need for upcoming projects. This course gives students an understanding of successful techniques, practices, and philosophies for building these networks. Students leave the course with a clear understanding of how all players in the book publishing industry are interdependent and interconnected and what skills an agent must hone in order to maintain the collaborative spirit and, consequently, produce the best literature possible. Required for the Certificate in Literary Representation.

Winter 2022 Schedule

Date & Time
This section has no set meeting times.
Enrollment Closed
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Instructor: Eve Porinchak
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Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required. 

This online course is conducted through Canvas, a secure website that allows students to log in to access lectures, discussions, and other course materials on demand. There are no required class meetings. Each course is structured with weekly assignments and deadlines. Lectures and coursework are accessible throughout the week. Workshops are conducted in writing via discussion boards with your instructor and classmates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 26, 2022
Course Requirements
(Optional) Book: Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

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