Have you ever dreamed of writing and publishing a book while still in high school?
Embark on a one-of-a-kind experience to become a published author through Georgetown University Professor Eric Koester's Book Creator Academy. More than 200 students have gone through this award-winning author program to create and publish their first book. Ideal for ambitious students who enjoy writing, this academy includes three weeks of on-campus learning combined with 10 months of virtual learning and coaching sessions. You’ll be paired with a professional developmental editor, who will help you learn key components of storytelling, narratives, research, interviewing, and manuscript and chapter structuring.
Before you begin the Book Creator Academy, you'll work one-on-one with Professor Koester to identify and develop a book topic based on your interests and goals. You'll then begin researching, interviewing, and developing the concept. During the on-campus component, you'll begin writing and learning the key techniques of storytelling, linking ideas, dialogue, and more. During the remainder of the program, you’ll have weekly author sessions and teaching. Most authors spend three to five hours per week (including these sessions) engaged in writing, research, and book-related work and activities.
Upon successful completion of your first draft manuscript in the fall, you'll then work with our partner publisher to begin the production and marketing of your work, ultimately publishing your book the following spring. Through this innovative model, student authors retain 100 percent of the control, rights, and royalties of their work.
How You'll Benefit
Work closely with a professional development editor and a renowned professor
Create and publish your first book
Engage in weekly author sessions
Refine your skills in an award-winning author program
Receive 10 months of virtual coaching sessions
Program Format & Subject Areas
As a student in the Book Creator Academy, you'll spend your day immersed in a blend of classroom lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, and group discussions. Throughout the course of the program, you'll have the opportunity to explore the following subject areas:
Manuscript and chapter structuring
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Guidance Related to COVID-19
Updated Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at 1:25 PM EDT
Georgetown University remains open and dedicated to excellence in providing key services to our community. In an abundance of caution, summer high school courses and programs will be offered virtually. The well being of our students and community are our top priority, and we are committed to providing you with an exciting virtual experience this summer.
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