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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

Status: Projected to start in August 2021

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.
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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