Writing Nonfiction: From Planning to Publishing

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For writers of all nonfiction genres — from cookbooks, to self-help books, to history.

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This six-week course, on Tuesday evenings, will introduce you to the techniques you need to write nonfiction and the knowledge you need to understand the Australian nonfiction market. It is designed for writers of all nonfiction genres — from cookbooks to self-help books to history — with a special focus on narrative nonfiction (true stories that read like fiction).

Topics covered include developing ideas that appeal to publishers, learning how to conduct research, including at archives, online and in the field, plot, structure and chapter planning, methods for crafting character, setting, theme and dialogue, the ethical and legal issues that accompany writing about real people and events and how to pitch nonfiction to publishers.

Presenter: Dr Jay Ludowyke is a narrative nonfiction author and academic. She teaches writing at USC, and has been employed in local government and public libraries. Her book Carpathia: The extraordinary story of the ship that rescued the survivors of the Titanic, was published in 2018.

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