How to Write Non-Fiction
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How to Write Non-Fiction

From Your First Ideas to Your Final Product
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Created by Randy Paterson
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • Use a card-based system of collecting and organizing research and ideas.
  • Create a structure for the piece from their ideas.
  • Create a first draft.
  • Edit the work in a multiple-pass system.
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  • A passion for writing extended works of non-fiction.

Are you a writer of extended works of non-fiction - books, memoirs, reportage, review articles, or essays? If so - or if you want to be - this course is for you! I'll train you in a system for recording and organizing your ideas so that you don't spend most of your time hunting for sources - a system that will allow the structure and organization of your piece to emerge naturally from the content. You'll learn how to weed painlessly through your notes and assign ideas to chapters or sections of your work. We'll discuss how to face that fearsome blank page and get through a first draft. Writing can be a long process, and I'll provide strategies to remain focussed and productive. Once you have a draft, we'll consider what professional writers know is the phase where the real product emerges: Editing. I'll offer concrete tips for the structural edit, for the fine-tuning edit, and for the dull but necessary task of proofreading. As a psychologist and published author (How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use, The Assertiveness Workbook, Your Depression Map, Private Practice Made Simple, and more) I will guide you through the practical and mental process of writing engaging and successful nonfiction. My goal is to save you hundreds of hours of frustration, and to help you produce the very best work you can.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for experienced and novice writers of extended non-fiction - books, academic articles, and essays.
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
Laying the Foundations: Getting Supplies and Defining Your Project
3 Lectures 12:28
The Idea Deck: Research and Planning
7 Lectures 35:48
Gather Your Ideas: Creating Your Idea Deck

Researching Source Material: Threshing and Recording

How Many Cards do You Need?

A Tab System to Organize Your Cards

Let the Book Find Itself: Excalibur and Your Outline

Chunk Your Cards Into Sections

Lay Out Your Chapters
Writing Your First Draft
13 Lectures 42:26
Stretch Your Mind: Creating the Mental Space for Writing

Write with Tomatoes: The Pomodoro Technique

When do you Write? Avoiding the Motivation/Inspiration Trap

NOW Write Your Outline, Not Before: The Research Creates the Structure

Where Should You Start? A Rationale for Skipping the Introduction For Now

Which is Your First Content Chapter? Finding Your Hook

Drafts Versus Editing: Creating Rock to Sculpt

Writing a Chapter: Using Cards and Filling in Gaps

Shovelling Snow: Pushing Deep into a Draft

The Motivational Dip: Anticipating and Coping with the Lull

Stay Focussed on the Chapter at Hand

Cope with Writers' Block: Re-Deploying Your Focus

Completing Your Draft: The Introduction and Conclusion
Editing as Sculpture
6 Lectures 25:39
Editing: Now the Real Writing Begins

Edit One: Structure and Major Surgery

When and How to Split a Chapter

Edit Two: Fine Tuning and Polishing Doorknobs

Edit Three: Proofreading - The Dullest and Yet Critical Step

Wrapping it Up: Summary and Farewells
About the Instructor
Randy Paterson
4.4 Average rating
103 Reviews
7,042 Students
7 Courses
Psychologist and author (How to be Miserable, & others)

Randy Paterson is a psychologist and author in Vancouver Canada. His most recent book is the popular How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use. He is the Director of Changeways Clinic and writes a blog called PsychologySalon. His work emphasizes the treatment of problems related to stress, anxiety, depression, and significant life change. His previous books include The Assertiveness Workbook, Private Practice Made Simple, and Your Depression Map, as well as a variety of resources and protocols for mental health practitioners. He conducts workshops on mental health issues for the public and for mental health professionals within Canada and internationally.