Why this course?
Many people want to write, but feel that they don’t have the time, opportunity or skills to do so. However, almost everyone has a personal story to tell – a startling life experience, a travel adventure, or the fascinating life of a relative. Whether for personal or professional pursuit, writing a personal non-fiction story is the ideal way to kick-start your writing career.
This 16-week online short course, instructed by accomplished author Mike Nicol, is designed to mentor aspiring or current writers through the process of writing a non-fiction story. By the end of the course, you will have completed a compelling 10-page non-fiction story – an autobiography, memoir, biography, travel adventure, or even historical event. The course includes 12 weeks of teaching and a 4-week writing interval, during which you will work on your story. Network with fellow writers, share work, contacts and ideas, and review one another’s pieces as part of your own writing process.
At the end of the course, receive the opportunity to submit your manuscript for consideration to be published under Random House Struik’s eKhaya imprint.
What you will learn
- Orientation module Welcome to your Virtual Learning Environment
- Module 1 Your story
- Module 2 Researching your story
- Module 3 Writing biographies
- Module 4 The first-person narrator
- Module 5 Characters
- Module 6 Preparation for the writing interval
- Module 7 Story review
- Module 8 Writing descriptions
- Module 9 Dialogue
- Module 10 Starting the story
- Module 11 Concluding
- Module 12 Preparing for publication
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"The course was awesome. From day one I was challenged! Throughout the course I was pushed to write authentically, to dig deep, and to really tell my story. The feedback that I got from Mike Nicol and my fellow students was invaluable. I am clear that the quality of my writing improved massively through the constant challenge and the feedback."