UCLA Extension

Leigh Ann Hirschman

Leigh Ann HirschmanLive a LittleInstructor Biography:

MFA, freelance writer and former editor at Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, and at HarperCollins. Ms. Hirschman specializes in proposals and book collaboration and her work includes Live a Little: What the Research Really Says About Living a Pretty Healthy Life (Crown), and The Renaissance SoulLife Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One (Broadway Books).

Instructor Statement:

One of the most reassuring lines about writing comes via Thomas Mann, who said that “a writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” If you are struggling to write a book proposal or to articulate your idea for a book, you’re doing something right! The book proposal format has a way of shining a ruthless light on the writerly issues you’d vastly prefer to keep in the dark. In this class we’ll talk about the elements of a successful book proposal; what do when you feel stuck on one of those elements; and how to use the proposal form to sharpen your book idea. You’ll leave the class feeling challenged and energized.

Our Students Say it Best!

“Leigh Ann and Betsy Amster are both excellent instructors. Better still, they complement one another beautifully. The whole was even greater than its parts. Truly fabulous!”  — Writers’ Program Student