The Write a Non-Fiction Book Course

Price: $ 1795.00


Write a Non-Fiction Book Course

The Fastest Way to Plan, Write and Edit Your Non-Fiction Book

Learn how to craft your book line by line

The Write a Non-Fiction Book Course is for those who have always wanted to write a non-fiction book and didn’t know how to begin. We give you the support and encouragement to start writing your book, guiding you every step of the way.

Instead of floundering in the dark, receive invaluable feedback on your writing from an industry expert with decades of experience.

We make writing a book the enjoyable and enormously satisfying experience it’s meant to be. Whatever story you want to tell, get started on the first chapter of this exciting new journey.

The Write a Non-fiction Book Course Gives You...

Expert, Individual Feedback

Get prompt, honest, detailed feedback on every assignment from an award-winning writer. We focus on your unique writing strengths.

No Peer Reviews!

You will only be assessed by your tutor, a leader in their field. No more guessing and wondering how to write; you'll be guided line by line.

No Automated Marking

We use traditional methods of assessing work, as editors at publishing houses would. No generic feedback!

A Flexible Schedule

Work wherever and whenever you want to. You can easily fit our courses around work and other commitments.

Relevant, Usable Content

Easy-to-digest course notes that capture a lifetime of writing experience, ready for you to apply to your own writing.

Ongoing Assessment

Your writing is assessed continuously as your course progresses.

Get Your Non-Fiction Book Written!

Learn the craft of compelling non-fiction, and write an engaging book

Whether you want to write travelogues, histories, biographies, how-to or self-help, educational material or textbooks, this course ensures that you make a strong start on your manuscript, with line-by-line feedback from an expert in the field.

The course also helps you to choose the best publishing option for your book, whether it be traditional publishing, self-publishing and/or publishing in e-book format.

Your tutor will guide you, from working through your ideas and research with you, to assessing your chapters. The feasibility of your project as well as the style and tone of your writing will be critiqued. Support will also be provided to help you increase your word count to 10 000 words.

The prescribed textbook for this course is Writing Your Nonfiction Book: The Complete Guide to Becoming an Author by Trish Nicholson. This book is available on Amazon, either in Kindle format or via a downloadable Kindle reader for your computer. The cost of this textbook (less than US $10) is in addition to the course fee.

'[My tutor] was a superb teacher. She encouraged me to work harder and improve my writing. She was also generous with the amount of time she put into my work. I would recommend The Writers College to anyone who is serious about improving their writing skills.'

Lesley Sefton, Write a Non-Fiction Book Course

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.


Price includes GST



The assignments vary in length.



These modules include around 200 pages of course notes.



Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of 24 months.


Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.


Basic writing skills are essential. Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required. No previous tertiary qualification required.

Our Graduate Students' Successes

We are proud of our graduates who have achieved success. Here are a few among dozens of other journalism
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Rosemary Hepozden Grammar for Writers tutor at The Writers College

Tutors for this course

You may choose a tutor to work with.

Rosemary Hepözden

Rosemary Hepözden has three decades of editing, writing and teaching experience. Between 2006 and 2011, she taught English Grammar at the Auckland University Centre for Continuing Education, including the courses ‘Getting to Grips With Grammar’ and ‘Working With Words’. She also taught at the Auckland Community Learning Centre and was director of studies at Auckland Language Link.

As an editor, she has worked on many publications, including More, Plenty, Little Treasures, Pacific Way (Air New Zealand), Yellow Front Door (the Yellow Pages home improvement magazine), More Food Cook Book and More Fashion Book.

She has written articles for a wide range of consumer and trade magazines and has authored four non-fiction books.

She is also the director of her own editing business, The Word Factory.

Advanced Poetry Course Tutor Arja Salafranca at The Writers College

Arja Salafranca

Arja Salafranca has been a writer and journalist for over 20 years. She was the lifestyle and arts editor for The Sunday Independent from 2003 to 2016. In her role as editor, she contributed travel articles, theatre, book and film reviews as well as profile interviews. She also encouraged the submission of a wide genre of work, from traditional journalism to groundbreaking personal and travel essays. A number of writers won awards for their non-fiction articles under her editorship. A keen supporter of creative non-fiction, she has encouraged writers to incorporate creative techniques in their factual writing. She is currently working on a collection of her own non-fiction writing, including travel essays, personal essays and journal excerpts, to be published by Modjaji Books in 2020.


Course Curriculum

Module 1

Pin Your Idea

  • Thinking about genres
  • Finding your spot in the market
  • Writing assignments


Module 2

Plan Your Book

  • Determining your theme
  • Create your chapter outline
  • Structuring different genres (how to write travel stories, histories and biographies, memoirs and autobiographies, how-to and self-help, educational material and textbooks)
  • Writing assignments


Module 3

Get Started

  • Your computer and its basic settings
  • Writing assignments


Module 4

Gather Your Information

  • Types of data
  • Sources of information
  • Interviewing skills
  • Plagiarism and libel
  • Writing assignments


Module 5

Write Your First Draft

  • Creative writing for non-fiction
  • Good grammar habits
  • Writing tips for different genres
  • Writing assignments


Module 6

Maintain Momentum

  • What to do if you feel stuck
  • Start building your author platform
  • Writing assignments


Module 7

Edit Your Draft

  • Revising for structure
  • Revising for language and clarity
  • Feedback and external editing
  • Writing assignments


Module 8

Decide on the Best Publishing Option for You

  • A brief overview of the book industry
  • Buying a full publishing package
  • Submitting to traditional publishers
  • Self-publishing your book
  • Privately printing and distributing your book
  • Writing assignments


Module 9

Market Your Book

  • Understand what marketing is
  • Participating in social media
  • Promoting through blogging
  • Writing press releases
  • Requesting book reviews
  • Writing assignments


Module 10

Tying Up Loose Ends

  • Final polishing
  • Planning the way forward
  • Writing assignments


What Our Students Say

Alex Owen-HillWrite a Non-Fiction Book Course
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I found the course a great help, and I think it’s not an overstatement to say that it has been instrumental in changing my business. Had I not had this course to push me to getting this book written, it is highly likely that the book would have disappeared under the weight of other tasks. Rosemary has been immensely helpful and supportive. I now feel that I have the necessary knowledge to develop and pitch other book ideas in future. The two courses I have now done with The Writers College have provided me with the support I needed to successfully transition from academia to freelance writing.
Lesley SeftonWrite a Non-Fiction Book Course
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[My tutor] was a superb teacher. She encouraged me to work harder and improve my writing. She was also generous with the amount of time she put into my work. I would recommend The Writers College to anyone who is serious about improving their writing skills.

Get These Additional Benefits

Lifetime Course Access

Benefit from free lifetime access to future course updates and access to our writing resources.

Join a Community of Writers

You will have access to our friendly Facebook community, daily writing tips and writing inspiration.

500+ Bonus Articles on Our Blog

A superb, constantly updated resource with articles on writing and interviews with writers.

Work at Your Own Pace

Our courses work around you. You can pace your course around your busy life.

Work Opportunities

Top students are invited to join our writers and editors for hire service.

Be the First to Know About Writing Competitions

We'll help you keep up to date with the latest competition announcements

Risk-Free 100% Money-Back Guarantee

We are so confident that you will love your course that if you’re not 100% satisfied with the quality of our training, simply ask for a refund within 30 days.

Complete the Application Form to Enrol on the Write a Non-Fiction Book Course

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Questions? We've Got Answers

  • Modules: Ten modules 
  • Duration: Course can be completed at your own pace – between six and 24 months
  • Start date: At any time – applications all year round
  • 20 writing assignments (including a chapter outline, a book synopsis, a book timeline, an editing skills exercise and a cover letter)
  • 10 000 words towards your manuscript (the optional Advanced Course will take students up to 60 000 words)

Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.

You will get lifetime access to the course, and you’ll benefit from all future updates and improvements to the course.

For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. Your work will remain completely private unless you get it published. In the journalism courses, your work might be published in the public domain, but you do have the final say as to whether or not it is published.

You will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided you meet the following conditions:

  • You must have completed the 20 writing tasks.
  • The course must have been completed within 24 months of registration.
  • A minimum average of 50% for the course must be achieved.
  • Excellent writing skills are essential.
  • We will require a rough synopsis of your proposed book and an example of your writing.
  • Computer skills as well as email and Internet access are required.
  • No previous tertiary qualification required.

Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can apply for a course and start as soon as you want to. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.

An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we see proof of payment, your course will start.

You could be starting your course today!

This is hard to predict as some people are simply faster writers than others. However, for each 1000 words of your book, anticipate spending about an hour researching, an hour writing, and at least the same amount of time revising. The exercises should take around two hours each to complete. Finally, you should expect to spend some time at the end of the course giving your manuscript a final polish. This adds up to approximately 70 hours for the ten-module course or around six to seven hours a month for 12 months.

Once your application has been approved, you will receive notice of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we see proof of payment, you will receive the first module. We will also send you your tutor’s email address and your login details. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.

Any work you create on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).

'Had I not had this course to push me to getting this book written, it is highly likely that the book would have disappeared under the weight of other tasks.'

Alexander Owen-Hill, Write a Non-Fiction Book Course

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