Becoming an Outdoor Writer – Fall 2023

“Outdoor Writing” as a genre, can take many forms. It can be creative nonfiction (Steven Rinella), fiction (Ernest Hemingway), or combinations of both (Norman Maclean). The genre can include book-length essays, novels, weekly newspaper columns, and the most common, magazine stories. The market is extensive. The outdoor industry adds $70 billion to the American economy, and the people spending that money enjoy reading about the object of their passion. This class is designed to help writers produce stories and books that will enter that market and to assist experienced writers in improving their skills. This class will encourage open dialogue and sharing writing and writing experiences. Topics will include: choosing Subjects, Establishing Your Voice, Opening Lines, Research, Narrative, Cliffhangers,  Format, Illustrations, The Markets, and Getting Published.

Bill Carman is an active hunting and fishing guide. He has published four books and dozens of magazine articles. 

This class is suitable for all levels.

The Carnegie Center reserves the right to cancel a class if minimum enrollment is not met. It is best to register early to help our instructors prepare and to ensure the class does not get cancelled. We evaluate registration numbers 62 business days before a class starts to decide whether we can hold the class. Classes that do not meet minimum enrollment will be cancelled six–two business days prior to the first class meeting. All participants will be notified by email and will receive full refunds.
Start Date
Saturday, October 21st
One time
October 21st - October 21st
10:00am - 2:00pm

Bill Carman

Carnegie Center
251 West Second St.

We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to writers, lifelong learners, & the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.

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