The phrase 'stranger-than-fiction' exists for a reason. Some of the most fascinating stories are completely true, and there's a huge audience ready to read them. In fact, non-fiction book sales grew by over $6 billion from 2013-2018 with no sign of slowing down.
The Explore Non-Fiction Writing Suite covers the best ways to tell a non-fiction story: as a book, a memoir, as a magazine article, or in a travel piece.
If you dream of becoming a full-time author or just have a story to tell, Write and Publish Your Nonfiction Book will teach you how to plan, research, write, edit, and publish your masterpiece. After learning what goes into the general non-fiction book, you will learn about the art of memoir. What you produce in Write Your Life Story may find a lucrative market, just like the bestselling Rocket Boys and Angela's Ashes.
While magazines have mostly gone digital, the non-fiction essay is still a page turner. The Craft of Magazine Writing focuses on time-tested techniques for researching, writing, and pitching your work to magazines. Another highly engaging way to tell a true story is the 'travel piece.' Travel Writing will teach you how to translate what you experience in your travels into publishable articles and books.
Suite bundles are not eligible for partial drops or refunds. Transfers to other open sessions of the same course are available. Please refer to your school for additional details regarding drops, transfers, and refunds on Suite bundles.
Write and Publish Your Nonfiction Book
Introduction to Nonfiction: Choosing Your Topic
Shaping Your Book Idea
Your Audience, Title, and Style
Research, Interviewing, and Immersion
Organization and Structure
Nonfiction Writing Tips and Techniques
The Writer's Life: Practical Tips
Editing and Proofreading
Traditional Publishing: Agents, Publishers, and Submissions
Traditional Publishing: Query Letters, Proposals, and Shortcuts
Distribution, Publicity, and Promotions
Write Your Life Story
What's Your Story
It's About You
Finding Your Story
Your Cast of Characters
Starting at the Beginning
Quick Ways to Jog Memories
Getting Serious About Writing
Viewing your Life and giving It to the Reader
Getting it down on Paper (or Computer)
Publishing Options and Extras
Overview of the Travel Market
Keeping a Travel Writer's Journal
Writing Travel Articles
Writing Travel Books
Making Plans for Travel
Outline Methods That Work Every Time
Working Like a Travel Writer
Submitting Like a Pro
Research and Online Techniques
Photos and Travel Writing
Recycling Your Material
The Craft of Magazine Writing
Getting Started; Finding Ideas
Getting Started; Finding Ideas (Continued)
Getting to Know Your Market Guidebook
Getting to Know Your Market Guidebook (Continued)
Producing Articles; Using E-Mail
Producing Articles; Using E-Mail (Continued)
Writing Clearly; Knowing Your Reader
Writing Clearly; Knowing Your Reader (Continued)
Employing Sound Research Techniques
Employing Sound Research Techniques (Continued)
Marketing Your Articles with Spin-Offs and Revisions; Seasonal and Theme Articles
Marketing Your Articles with Spin-Offs and Revisions; Seasonal and Theme Articles (Continued)
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Eva Shaw, Ph.D. is a full-time working writer. She has authored thousands of articles, essays, and short stories and more than 70 books including "Writing the Nonfiction Book" and "Insider's Guide to San Diego." Her work has been featured in USA Today, San Diego Union Tribune, Publisher's Weekly, and others. She has won several awards, including the Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Woman of Merit Award.
Lisa Adams is a web development expert specializing in marketing, user experience, and e-commerce. In addition to building and maintaining hundreds of websites, Lisa has helped a wide variety of clients and students to create their own sites and modify existing ones to make them more attractive and user-friendly.