A writing class and the publishing process are distinct aspects of the journey an author takes when creating and sharing their work. Here are the key differences between the two:
Purpose and Focus:
Writing Class: The primary purpose of a writing class is to develop and improve writing skills. It focuses on honing creative, technical, and storytelling abilities. Writers often receive feedback from trainers and peers to enhance their craft. It is divided into two levels: At the beginners’ level, the author get the first draft of their writing. At the advanced writing level, the authors revise, edit and refine their manuscripts towards submitting to publishers for the publishing process to start.
Publishing Process: The publishing process, on the other hand, is concerned with getting a finished manuscript into the hands of readers. It involves activities such as submitting manuscripts to publishers or literary agents, review, editing, proofreading, cover design, layout, ISBN and copyrighting. At the end of the publishing process, authors get a print ready file that is submitted to the printer and the book is available for distribution to the readers.
Learning vs. Execution:
Writing Class: Writers in a writing class are typically in a learning phase. They may be working on developing their writing style, understanding narrative structures, and experimenting with different genres.
Publishing Process: This stage involves executing the skills acquired in writing classes. Authors navigate the practical aspects of getting their work published, such as finding publishers, and allowing other publishing practitioners to work on the manuscripts.
Feedback and Revision:
Writing Class: Feedback in a writing class often focuses on the improvement of the writing itself. Writers receive constructive criticism and suggestions for revision to enhance the quality of their work.
Publishing Process: Feedback in the publishing process is focused on packaging the manuscript to ensure international standards are met to enhance readership. Poor packaging affects the readability of a book.
Creativity vs. Market Considerations:
Writing Class: Creativity is a central focus in writing classes, encouraging writers to explore their unique voice and style without immediate concern for market trends or commercial success.
Publishing Process: While creativity is essential, the publishing process often involves considering publishing standards and trends, target audiences, and the overall marketability of the work. Authors may need to adjust and align with the preferences of publishing standards.
Writing Class: Writing classes are short-term workshops spanning 14-weeks each if done on CLC Kenya’s calendar. They can also be done on 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months of self-paced online courses.
Publishing Process: The timeline for the publishing process is extended 9-18 months to allow publishing practitioners to go through the editing and production phases, and finally see the book available to the public.
In summary, a writing class is primarily focused on skill development and creative exploration, while the publishing process involves the practical steps necessary to bring a written work to a wider audience. Both are crucial elements in the career of an aspiring author, each serving different purposes in the overall journey of creating and sharing literature.