Course Code: wpn
Examine some of the most intriguing and top-selling genres and learn why nonfiction is such a good choice for first-time authors hoping to land a book contract. You will discover how to transform your interests and passions into a compelling book idea. Then, get some handy tips for differentiating your book concept and making it stand out from the competition.
Determine the best audience for your book and write a working title that reflects the unique angle that you bring to your topic. You will take the first steps toward choosing your writing style. Then, learn the best methods for gathering the facts, opinions, and observations you'll need to write your book.
Learn how to break your content into manageable chunks and choose an overall organization scheme for your book. You will explore the pros and cons of outlining and free writing, and decide what path you want to pursue. Then, discover the writing techniques critical to nonfiction writers. You'll learn to use precise vocabulary and make your points clearly and accurately so readers never get lost.
Discover how to develop a consistent and realistic writing schedule that takes your writing preferences and other obligations into account. You will learn some solid techniques for blasting away procrastination and writer's block. Then, learn how to edit and evaluate your work before seeking publication.
Analyze your reasons for wanting to publish a book and use that information to help you decide between traditional and nontraditional publishing. Then, learn how to craft winning query letters and proposals that will make your book irresistible to agents and publishers.
Learn all the steps required to publish your own book. You will examine each of the tasks required to get your book in print: editing, cover design, layout, setting your book's price, choosing the right printer or POD publisher, and more. Finally, look beyond the traditional bookstore to uncover other profitable places you can sell your book. You will learn how to create press materials that grab the attention of newspapers, magazines, blogs, and radio and television stations.
Lisa Adams is an accomplished writer and editor specializing in business, marketing, and creative writing. Known for her exceptional command of the English language, grammatical precision, and unflinching dedication to excellence, Lisa has won numerous awards for her creative, professional, and scholarly writing. Her diverse body of work -- which has been published in print, on the Web, and on television -- includes award-winning documentaries and two books: Why We Read What We Read: A Delightfully Opinionated Journey Through Contemporary Bestsellers and S'mores: Gourmet Treats for Every Occasion.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
This class was one of the best online classes I've taken. It flew by. The information was extremely valuable and your comments and experience priceless. Thank you for facilitating and for your positive responsiveness!"
Over the past six years I've read a few books on writing, written many ideas down, and have strongly considered doing my own book. This course has given me the courage and knowledge to get the job done."
Thank you so much for all the detailed lessons that you have prepared for us. It was an incredible journey to walk with you and the rest of the class through the writing, editing and publishing process. At this point I am totally inspired!"
Lisa, you did such an abundance of good things in this class that it¹s hard to know where to start to say thanks. What I do know is that everywhere I go, I see creative nonfiction topics just waiting to be explored in book form. And the best part after taking this class is that now I have a better idea of how to make those books happen."
Thank you for being such a wonderful instructor. You have really offered so much in providing really helpful and well-informed comments. You really designed this beautifully, in logical kind of bite-sized steps that actually take us somewhere!"
This class was the turning point for me as a writer. This class is so mind-provoking -- I loved the challenge you presented to us with each lesson."
What a true pleasure this course has been! For the first time in my life, I have the confidence to believe that becoming a published author is a real possibility for me. You are very knowledgeable about the writing process and you know how to relate it to others in a very easy, friendly, straightforward way. You have been very encouraging to me, and you have let me know that you have my best interest at heart. You challenge me to learn and grow and improve as a writer. I loved your lessons! They contain a wealth of information for new writers like myself. You are a wonderful writer and wonderful instructor. I feel privileged to have been a part of your class."
Please let your students know that their dreams of being published can come true if they do everything you tell them to do. I got a contract with a traditional publisher and my book is just hitting the shelves!"