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Non-Fiction Writing

  • Course level: All Levels

About Course

The Non-Fiction Writing course explores the various forms of non-fiction genres including autobiographies, biographies, and memoirs and writing for magazines and newspapers. You learn the techniques of craftsmanship to accurately represent reality in a compelling and dramatic way.

Description

Aim: To hone your skills in writing non-fiction

Duration: 20 Weeks

Mode of Study
  • Self-paced home study
  • Self-paced online study
  • Weekly virtual/online classes (every Saturday from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM)
  • Monthly in-person classes (every last Saturday of the month from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
Evaluation

Though our courses are about imparting knowledge and skills, not academic/theoretical approach to writing, there will be self-assessment quizzes and written assignments submitted to your tutor. The tutor-submitted assignments are designed to give you an opportunity to apply the lessons and techniques learnt.

You will also be required to write a book proposal which will be evaluated by your tutor, given feedback, and returned to you for submission for publication.

Grading
  • Self-assessment quizzes: Some modules will have quizzes for you to assess yourself. Once you do the quiz, you will see your score out of 100%. However, the final score at the end of the course will be the average of all quizzes. Together, these quizzes will comprise 30% of your final grade.
  • Tutor-marked Assignments: Your assignments will be marked and returned to you with tutor feedback. Since our aim is to help you become a published writer, we expect you will be a published writer if you follow our guide. Thus, any of your work that is published by an independent publication (magazine, newspaper, or journal) will count towards your grading – 70%.

Note: We don’t recognise articles published on your or your friend’s blog/website, pay-to-publish sites or publications, online publishing platforms with no editorial policies/review process, or, if a book, self-publishing with vanity publishers. (If you self-publish, use a self-publishing company with clear publishing policy and contract. If you self-publish yourself, the book should meet industry standards – this will be evaluated before grading you.)

Certification

We will award you a certificate on successful completion of the course; however, the certification is not really important if you do not acquire the skills necessary to write and publish professionally to earn from your writing.

What Will I Learn?

  • Learn about the equipment you need as a writer, how to become a professional writer, grammar in writing, and the craft of writing.
  • Learn how to and conduct detailed market survey for your writing, analyse writing markets, and sell your writing to the right target audience.
  • Learn how to effectively write various non-fiction genres and write for magazines and newspapers.
  • Develop an understanding of the business approach to and legal aspects of writing and how to earn from your writing without being exploited.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills on how to write and self-publish professional industry-standard books, market and promote your book, and earn from your writing.

Topics for this course

18 Lessons120h

Module 1 – Introduction?

Introduction to non-fiction writing and how to get started.
Lesson 1 – Introduction to Creative Writing
Lesson 2 – Getting Started
Lesson 3 – Basic Equipment You Require

Module 2 – Becoming a Writer?

In this module, we’re going to share some tips and tricks to help you create a routine that works for you, show you how to approach your writing, and the personal qualities that you need to develop in order to be successful in your writing career/passion.

Module 3 – Developing Your Writing Style?

This module is designed to give you a brief overview of the English language and how you can use style to convey your message clearly. Before you embark on your writing, you need to develop your style and stick to it; that is your trademark.

Module 4 – Developing Your Writing Craft?

We are going to explore ways in which you can hone your creative skills.

Module 5 – Conducting Markey Survey/Analysis for Your Writing?

Whether you write articles, essays, blogs, scripts, or books, the first step is market analysis. It is essential to your success. Without it, you might produce work that attracts totally different readers than you expect or no readers at all.

Module 6 – Writing for Publication?

We look at how to consider where you will publish your work—a magazine, paper, periodical, journal, book publisher, or the web.

Module 7 – How to Submit Your Work for Publication?

This module will deal with the general manuscript or article submission guidelines for professional writers so that you can demonstrate to the publisher/editor that you know your art as a writer.

Module 8 – Legal Aspects in Writing?

There are legal aspects in all writing, whether you write fiction or non-fiction, that you need to be aware of. The law protects you, your writing, and the people you might write about.

Module 9 – Business Approach to Writing?

For you to earn meaningful income from your writing, you need to be business-minded and business-like at all times.

Module 10 – Writing Non-Fiction Books?

This modules deals with writing non-fiction genres - autobiographies, biographies, and memoirs.

Lesson 11 – Publishing Your Book?

Module 11 deals with the publishing options open to you and how to choose the best publishing route for your book.
KSh49,000.00

Material Includes

  • Online course content
  • Printed course content
  • Academy T-Shirt
  • Academy-branded notebook and pen

Requirements

  • Attend all weekly and monthly virtual/online and in-person classes unless prohibited by an emergency – participation enables you learn from our tutors and experts, clarify unclear concepts, and network with other students and if you are not in class, you can’t participate.
  • Read widely, in addition to the course material, to learn from others and hone your skills.
  • Submit assignments on time to meet the course timeframe and requirements.
  • While this is not an academic supervised course, we expect you to be honest to yourself in your learning and assignment – don’t plagiarise, be positive about tutor feedback, and follow our guide, especially on how to become a published writer.

Target Audience

  • New writers
  • Up-and-coming writers
  • Already published writers who want to hone their skills
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