How to write a book about your expert knowledge
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW281
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
This short crash course is aimed at academics, business experts, health practitioners, life-coaches, psychologists, and anyone with a specific professional expertise who wants to write a book. It demystifies the publishing process and helps you formulate the first steps and stages to writing a book.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Gain a clear overview of the process involved in writing a book
- Learn what publishers are looking for in a book proposal
- Discover how to sell yourself to publishers and the public.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify what you have that’s unique, and how you fit into the publishing world
- Consider whether you can do it yourself or need help (ghost-writers and editors)
- Plan your next steps.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need a specific expertise based on your studies, profession or occupation (rather than an interest or a hobby).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Self-reflection exercises
- Small group work and general group brainstorming, feedback and discussion
- Workshop style instruction.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. You will only need materials for taking notes and working through exercises as needed.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of professional development courses for authors including Self-publishing: an introduction, How to write a novel synopsis, Approaching an agent and more. For full details browse the City Lit website.
Lorna V is an award-winning playwright, performance artist, journalist, author, and writing coach. She has written for many publications including the Daily Mail, the Guardian Weekend, Cosmopolitan and Sunday Times Style. She has written three personal development books for the Psychologies magazine brand published by Wiley and her interest in psychology has led to her currently studying for an MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health. As writer-performer she has appeared at venues and festivals in and out of London, including Battersea Arts Centre, Blue Elephant Theatre and Oxford’s Old Fire Station.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.