Non-Fiction Writing Course

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About Course

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

Aim: To equip you with the necessary skills to writing professional, compelling, and dramatic non-fiction stories.

Duration: 20 Weeks

Mode of Study: Hybrid learning.


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.

  • 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.)


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 You Learn?

  • About the equipment you need as a writer, how to become a professional writer, grammar in writing, and the craft of writing.
  • How to and conduct detailed market survey for your writing, analyse writing markets, and sell your writing to the right target audience.
  • 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.

Course Content

About the Non-Fiction Writing Course
Course orientation

  • Welcome to the Non-Fiction Writing Course

Module 1 – Market Analysis For Your Writing
Surveying and analysing market for your writing.

Module 2 – Writing for Publication
How to tailor your writing for a particular market/publication

Module 3 – Submitting Your Work for Publication
How you submit your work for publication determines whether your work will be accepted or rejected. It is all about how you present your work. Thus, you should be professional, not give the editor or publisher reason to reject your work.

Module 4 – Legal Aspects in Writing (Copyright, Trademarks, Plagiarism, and Other Things to Avoid)
There are legal aspects in all writing that you need to be aware of, whether you write fiction or non-fiction. The law protects you, your writing, and the people you might write about. These laws are not applicable worldwide; every country has laws for writing and literary or creative works. Thus, familiarise yourself with your home country’s laws because ignorance is no defence. As you grow, you might find that you will need the services of a lawyer.

Module 5 – Business Approach to Writing
To earn meaningful income from your writing, you need to be business-minded and business-like at all times. Being business-like ensures that you are not exploited by the industry gurus, and you cross every t and dot every i when dealing with publishers and publications.

Module 6 – Writing Non-fiction Books
Non-fiction writing is writing based on people, places, objects, or events. It is literature comprising works of narrative prose dealing with or offering opinions or conjectures upon facts and reality, including biography, history, and the essay. Journalism and news writing are non-fiction, but we have already addressed that in the earlier modules.

Module 7 – Publishing Your Non-fiction Book
You can take two main publishing routes: traditional or indie/self-publishing. Choosing either is not easy—if you choose traditional, you will benefit from having an established house behind you, while if you choose independent publishing, you would have chosen the easy way out, but you foot all the bills incurred in the publishing process.

Module 8 – Book Marketing and Promotion
Learning how to market a book is essential for indie authors. When you take the time to write, edit, and design a book, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the to-do list and never stop to think about marketing until a few weeks before your publication date.

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