Publishing Opportunities for Fiction and Nonfiction Writers with Beth Staples

The goal of this course is to give you a basic understanding of the publishing industry: how it is structured, how to navigate it and how to make the best choices for your writing life and the life of your books.

Through video lectures, activities, discussions, video conferences and direct feedback from your instructor and from other students in the course, you will learn an overview of the publishing process, the importance of market research, how to create a book jacket, how to draft an agent list, query letters and other professional correspondence, basics of contracts and royalties, self-publishing as an option, the editing process, book design basics and end the course with a research project.

Publishing Opportunities for Fiction and Nonfiction Writers with Beth Staples is October 17–November 21, 2020 on Canvas. To learn more and register, visit our website at

Please note: this class occurs asynchronously on Canvas. Listed times are for ASU Event purposes only.

Meet Your Instructor
Beth Staples is an assistant professor of English and editor of the literary magazine Shenandoah at Washington & Lee University. She has worked as an editor and publishing professional in a variety of jobs: as the assistant director of The Publishing Laboratory at UNC Wilmington, as editor of Lookout Books, as senior editor of Ecotone, and as the managing editor of Hayden's Ferry Review. (In her early professional life, she also dipped her toe into medical publishing at Elsevier and the print-on-demand publishing world at Xlibris.) In addition to teaching creative writing classes at W&L, she has taught classes in fiction writing, editing, and publishing at UNCW, Mesa Community College, and Arizona State University, where she earned her MFA in fiction writing.

About the Piper Writers Studio
The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for and open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 12:00pm to 12:30pm
$25 and More
Tempe campus
Jake Friedman