Explore Non-Fiction Writing Suite

Explore Non-Fiction Writing Suite

96 Course Hrs
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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.

Enrollment Options:
Course Code: B9568
Start Dates*Jun 16 | Jul 14 | Aug 18 | Sep 15
*Choose start date in cart
$375.00 USD


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

Nontraditional Publishing

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

Historically Speaking

The Interview

Viewing your Life and giving It to the Reader

Getting it down on Paper (or Computer)

Publishing Options and Extras

Travel Writing

Overview of the Travel Market

Keeping a Travel Writer's Journal

Writing Travel Articles

Writing Travel Books

Making Plans for Travel

Writing Techniques

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)


Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Readerr.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

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.