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Learn about all the writing options open to nonfiction authors, and start shaping your book idea.
Refine your book idea, and learn how to differentiate it from competing titles.
Pinpoint your book’s audience, create a working title, and start thinking about the writing style you’ll use.
Discover three powerful techniques for investigating your topic: traditional research, interviews, and immersion.
Organize your content and chapters, and learn to give each chapter an enticing beginning, solid middle, and satisfying end.
Write clearly and accurately, and integrate facts, descriptions, and interviews with ease.
Create a writing schedule, and get tips for beating procrastination and writer’s block.
Edit your own work, solicit feedback from reviewers, and get tips for hiring professional editors and proofreaders if you need them.
Find agents or publishers likely to be interested in your book.
Write solid query letters and proposals, and learn how to work with agents and editors once your book gets accepted.
Explore nontraditional publishing in detail, from designing your cover to setting your book’s price.
Get creative ideas on how to sell and promote your book.
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.
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.
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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!
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