Are you wondering how to write a non-fiction book? You’ll learn how to write commercial non-fiction for print, broadcast, and digital channels with this online writing course.
The Certificate of Non-Fiction Writing is an online professional development course for aspiring writers who want to improve their non-fiction writing skills.
In this online writing course, you will learn how to write a non-fiction book, magazine articles, blogs, news items, memoirs, biographies, and more. You’ll also discover how to write for crime, travel, health, leisure activities, food, diet, and well-being.
You will also learn about fact-based storytelling techniques, copywrite infringement and protecting your work, contracts and publishers, how to make writing profitable, navigating legal systems and sales and marketing for writers.
On completion of this course, you will have gained the skills and knowledge required to write non-fiction on various topics and for multiple media outlets.
Unit - Writing Non Fiction
Unit 1 – Scope and nature of non-fiction writing
What is non-fiction writing compared to fiction writing?
Non fiction styles
Types of non fiction writing
Academic vs commercial non fiction writing
Text types in non fiction writing
Unit 2 – Writing forms and media options
Sample author platform
Using fiction techniques to create strong non fiction texts
Making a story memorable
Hook the audience
Plain and simple language
Writing for the readership
Ways to publish/share non fiction writing
Non fiction writing scripts
Tv, radio, social media, advertising, education, voice overs, news
Unit 3 – News writing
Lede (or lead)
Key point summary in digital formats
News coverage and focus
Conflict and proximity
Prominence and impact
Oddity or human interest
Newswriting for different outlets
Newsletters and blogs
Unit 4 – Travel writing
Commercial travel writing
Overused descriptions in travel writing
How to travel
Side trips/weekend trips
Literary travel writing
Career paths for travel writers
How to be a good travel writer
How to construct a travel piece
Researching a travel piece
Talking to locals
How to pitch a travel piece
Unit 5 – Memoirs and biography
Types of Memoirs – Confessional , Transformational, Portrait, Professional
How to Write a Memoir or Biography
Biography and Profiles
How to Pitch a Memoir, Autobiography or Biography
Unit 6 – Writing about leisure activities
Passionate interest and in depth knowledge
Niche or widespread writing
How to write about leisure and hobby writing
Horticulture and garden writing
How to pitch leisure, sports and craft writing
Unit 7 – Writing about food and diet
How to write about food
Constructing a food article
Informative instructional writing
Types of food writing
Allergies and intolerances
Recipes, diet & exercise
How to pitch food writing
Unit 8 – Writing about wellbeing
Detailed understanding of anatomy, physiology, and psychology
How to write about health and wellbeing
Grounding and context
Different types of health and wellbeing writing
Mental health, sleep
Health, medicine and complimentary medicine
Unit 9 – Fact based storytelling
Storytelling at work
Storytelling with data
Sales and marketing
Unit 10 – The business of non-fiction writing
Delivering your work
Management and opportunities
Contracts and publishers
How to make writing more profitable
Intellectual property management
Protecting your work – copyright, issues
Risks when writing non fiction
Specific risks, libel, defamation, slander, false light
Fact checking, perspective & time shift
Copyright infringement (plagiarism)
Digital rights management (DRM)
Information rights management
Electronic books and magazines
Electronic books and magazines
Thinking outside the box
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.