March 14 – 16, 2013 • Boston Marriott Cambridge, Cambridge, MA

Course Director: Julie Silver, MD

This one-of-a-kind CME course is designed to ensure that you have the requisite tools and techniques to publish in various venues including, but not limited to, books, magazine and newspaper articles, blogs, office kiosk information, patient brochures, newsletters and mobile apps. This course is appropriate for those who want to publish information for either consumers or professionals (or both).

The course offers instruction on effective writing with an emphasis on how to get your work published. Mastering the many ethical issues concerning publicity and promotion of your work are also strongly emphasized. You will be given numerous opportunities to network with your peers as well as with superb faculty and other publishing professionals. To enhance your skills, small highly-interactive writers' workshops (optional) are held in the evening and led by editors, literary agents and professional writers. Advanced workshops are also held for those who want more specialized training. A hallmark of the program is the optional event called Oral Book Pitches. The Oral Book Pitches will offer you a chance to have instant feedback on your proposal from a panel of publishing experts. The course covers the critical steps for approaching editors, literary agents and other publishing professionals to improve your chance of getting your work published. You are encouraged (but not required) to bring a written sample of your work to the course.


At the conclusion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. List the elements of a nonfiction book proposal.
  2. Determine and apply the key strategies of successful writers to one's own writing.
  3. Evaluate common mistakes in narrative writing that lead to errors and poor communication.
  4. Compare and contrast narrative, memoir, self-help and other nonfiction genres.
  5. Apply the three phases of the book publishing process.
  6. Analyze various forms of writing and how they are used in educating the public.
  7. Determine the next steps in advancing their publishing goals.


The target audience for this course includes physicians of all specialties, healthcare executives, psychologists, medical writers and other healthcare professionals who demonstrate a strong desire and passion to get published.


The course covers the 3 key elements of successful publishing:

  1. Writing well
  2. Getting published
  3. Mastering ethical and effective publicity & promotion


Network and meet publishing professionals, who often provide mentoring to attendees long after the course is over, during breaks and in the Writers' and Advanced Workshops.

Writers’ Workshop March 14 – 15, 2013 (optional evening sessions) - $125/session
In Writers' Workshop, you can learn more and have your work reviewed and critiqued. Each workshop group consists of one publishing professional who leads a discussion of no more than 9 attendees. We will contact you about submitting a writing sample one month before the course begins. Writing samples can be the overview to your book or the first 10 pages of a chapter or whatever you want. Register for one or both evening sessions of Writers' Workshop.

Oral Book Pitches - (optional evening workshop) - $100/workshop and time slot to pitch during the course
Attendees will have 70 seconds to verbally pitch their book idea to a panel of publishing professionals. This event has two parts: 1) an evening workshop on Thursday, March 14 prior to Writers' Workshop, designed to prepare you to give your pitch and led by Dr. Silver; and 2) a time during the course to pitch your idea in front of the audience and a panel of publishing professionals. All are welcome to hear the pitches but only those who register will give one. The audience loves to hear the pitches; it helps them understand what works. Pitching an idea that an editor or agent likes can lead to a book contract. Participating in both parts of Oral Book Pitches is not mandatory; however, both parts (the workshop and the actual pitch) are included in this event. Registering for this very popular event prior to the course is MANDATORY (Limit 75 registrants).

Advanced Workshops - March 16, 2013 (optional afternoon workshop) - $250/workshop; one workshop per person
These are 3-hour small group sessions (between 10-25 attendees) focusing on higher level publishing skills. Completion of the main course is a prerequisite for taking an Advanced Workshop.

Workshops include:

  • Ethically Using Social Media in Publishing
  • Writing a Book Proposal
  • Maximize Creativity and Write Productively
  • Memoir Writing
  • The Craft of Writing

Our website has extended information about our faculty and books written by past course attendees.

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The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
3-Day Course: A maximum of 16.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Writers’ Workshop (per night): A maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Oral Book Pitches (Thursday): A maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Advanced Workshop: A maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

The Massachusetts Psychological Association has approved this activity for the following credits:
3‑Day Course: 16.5
Writers’ Workshop (per night): 1.75
Oral Book Pitches (Thursday): .5
Advanced Workshop: 3.0


This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education competencies:

  • Patient Care
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills


Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is HMS's policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

Last update 10.14.2012

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