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.
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.