Course Description

Nonfiction writing is the most common and broadly dispersed form of writing known to mankind. Nonfiction is based in truth, experience, events or in all of them. It is what the reporter reports; what the biographer writes; what the course writer explains. Everything that is not imagination and invented by the creative mind is nonfiction.

This course is designed to take you beyond the basics and to guide you through the writing process to the finish line. In the course, you will learn how to think like an editor, how to choose your subject matter and examine your competition. You will learn how to structure your writing and what to do when you inevitably hit the infamous "writer's block." If you have basic writing skills and if you follow the course content, you should be ready to submit your writing by the end of the course material. You will know what to do with your article or book when you are finished and how to polish it for presentation to a publisher. Remember, "Writers Write" – so get to writing!

 

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize how to think like an editor.
  • Define article, project and book.
  • Identify subject, title and subtitles.
  • Research your subject.
  • Review your competition.
  • Identify structure and organization.
  • Write.
  • Summarize what to do when you hit a block.
  • Identify what needs to be polished for your audience.
  • Perform spelling and grammar check.
  • Edit and edit again.
  • Fact check and provide proper notation.
  • Demonstrate layout, proper spacing and format, and submit your finished product.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction 1 points
Lesson 1 Assignment 2 points
Lesson 1: Before You Start, Think Like An Editor 8 points
Lesson 2 Assignment 2 points
Lesson 2: Article, Project or Book? 8 points
Lesson 3 Assignment 2 points
Lesson 3: Subject, Title and Subtitles 9 points
Lesson 4: Researching Your Subject 9 points
Lesson 5 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 5: Reviewing Your Competition 10 points
Lesson 6: Structure and Organization 7 points
Lesson 7 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 7: Writers Write; Getting Comfy in Your Own Skin 10 points
Lesson 8 Assignment 2 points
Lesson 8: Get To The Finish Line; What To Do When You Hit A Block 10 points
Lesson 9 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 9: Rewriting and Rhythm; Polishing for Your Audience 8 points
Lesson 10 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 10: Spelling, Grammar and Proper Punctuation 9 points
Lesson 11: Edit and Edit Again 8 points
Lesson 12 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 12: Fact Checking and Proper Notation 9 points
Lesson 13 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 13: Layout, Proper Spacing and Format – Your Finished Product 9 points
The Final Exam 57 points
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