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Write and Publish Your Nonfiction Book

Whether you dream of becoming a full-time author, writing books to advance your career, or penning your memoir or family history, this fun and information-packed course will teach you how to plan, research, write, edit, and publish your masterpiece.

You’ll learn how to immerse yourself in your subject and get the information you need from research, interviews, and observation techniques. You'll see how to choose a writing style, structure, and slant that will appeal to your unique audience and keep readers hooked. You will also discover exactly how today's traditional publishing industry works and what techniques you can use—such as crafting standout query letters and proposals—to get noticed by editors and agents. Above all, you'll get invaluable strategies for setting a writing schedule, banishing writer's block, and actually finishing your book! By the end of this course, you'll have all the tools at your fingertips to get your book completed and published!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Write and Publish Your Nonfiction Book

Learning Method

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Course Code: wpn

You Will Learn
  • Learn every important consideration involved in researching, writing, editing, publishing, and promoting your own nonfiction book
  • Discover how to use style and structure to appeal to a target audience and engage readers
  • Examine the ins and outs of the modern publishing industry and learn how to choose the best approach
  • Learn how to choose the right topic and target audience so you will have an exciting and profitable project to pursue
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain valuable investigative skills through learning how to observe, interview, and research for a specific project
  • Learn how the publishing industry works and gain the tools you need to publish and sell books regardless of genre or subject matter
  • Become a better communicator and writer by learning how to use structure and style effectively
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Week 1

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.

Week 2

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.

Week 3

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.

Week 4

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.

Week 5

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.

Week 6

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.

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Lisa Adams

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.

Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

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.

What if I need an extension?

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.

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