Award-winning and bestselling author Bob Hostetler is teaching a seminar this semester called “Writing and Selling the Nonfiction Book.”
Hostetler is the author/co-author of over 30 books, most of which are nonfiction. His bestsellers include Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door, Life Stinks…and Then You Die, and American Idols. His work has won the Gold Medallion Award, the Ohio Associated Press award, and the Amy Foundation Award, among others. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences across the country.
Hostetler’s relationship with Taylor’s writing program began shortly after he met the department’s head, Dr. Dennis Hensley.
“Doc and I have been fast friends since we met decades ago at a writers’ conference,” said Hostetler. “I’ve always found it hard to say no to him. I think everyone does. So when he first contacted me about teaching a J-Term at Taylor, I saluted and obeyed. I’ve never been sorry.”
Hostetler’s experience with the Professional Writing program and its participants has been a positive one. This is the third seminar he has taught at Taylor.
“I’ve been impressed with the program from the very beginning,” said Hostetler. “When I meet someone who is serious about pursuing professional writing, I invariably urge him or her to check out the Taylor program.”
A frequent speaker at such conferences as Write-to-Publish, Writing for the Soul, and the American Christian Writers Conference, Hostetler has had much experience teaching his craft. In “Writing and Selling the Nonfiction Book,” he instructs students in the proven methods he’s taught for years.
“I’m teaching a process that I’ve used at writers’ conferences and workshops in the past,” said Hostetler, “one that has resulted in the sale and publication of more than two dozen first books.”
By the end of the course, Hostetler hopes each student will have developed a quality nonfiction book proposal ready to send off to an agent or editor. Hostetler has confidence in the professionalism of his students.
“This group, like the PWR students I’ve met in the past, is avid,” said Hostetler. “Brilliant. Serious. Talented. I don’t know if it’s the program, or Taylor, or just the quality of students who want to take my classes, but I’ve been impressed by the assemblage of talent I see.” by Lexie V. Owen