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Would you be interested in a course like this?

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Author2Author Sat 28-Apr-12 14:53:51

Okay- honestly not promoting anything but doing some market research!

A colleague/friend and I who are authors are thinking of setting up an e-course.

We are thinking of running a course on how to write a non fiction book- from deciding on the topic, to the final synposis and initial chapters- plus how to also get started in writing specialist features for a range of publications.

As I said, just mulling this over and wondering if there is a market. Any views?

LadySybilDeChocolate Sat 28-Apr-12 14:56:40

You need to do a google search as there's hundreds of online writing courses. Faber do them, as do the Guardian, as get the idea.

Author2Author Sat 28-Apr-12 14:58:43

I know- but this is different- it would be tutored- submitting work and having feedback- not just being sent materials.

LadySybilDeChocolate Sat 28-Apr-12 15:00:27

Really, there's loads that offer this. How are you going to make yours stand out?

Author2Author Sat 28-Apr-12 15:00:57

It would be the "e-course" equivalent of a day's workshop but as a course over 4-6 weeks, with tuition.

Author2Author Sat 28-Apr-12 15:03:10

Thanks. yes we know there is other stuff around but we would be coming at it as published authors giving 1:1 tuition via the course.

Lots of the stuff out there is very poor quality- I know because I did a course, many years ago now ,affiliated to the OU, and during my research found that many writing courses were very poor standard.

Author2Author Sat 28-Apr-12 15:04:47

Lady a quick look at Faber shows that they only do Creative writing courses.
This course is for non-fiction books.

LadySybilDeChocolate Sat 28-Apr-12 15:04:51

There's still tonnes of them. What experience do you have? How can you market this to make it stand out from all of the others? There is a market, the vast majority of people want to write a book but there's a lot of companies already doing this. Some are complete rip off merchants though but some are run by well known companies.

PeriPathetic Sat 28-Apr-12 15:04:59

I definitely would be - I don't do fiction. But it depends on how much time and money is required from me!

HecateTrivia Sat 28-Apr-12 15:05:58

The fact that there's loads of them means there's clearly a market for it. You'll just have to pitch yourselves as being worth more than your competitors.

Author2Author Sat 28-Apr-12 15:09:04

I don't want to say too much about us here, but we are both authors of 2 books each- non fiction. Between us we have years of experience in teaching, training, coaching, and both currently earn a living as writers.

LadySybilDeChocolate Sat 28-Apr-12 15:11:58

You should go for it. There is a market. Your experience and knowledge will give you the advantage. Best of luck. smile

Author2Author Sat 28-Apr-12 15:15:38

Thank you. We want to sell it with it having a really personal touch, not some off-shoot of a large distance-learning company. I've worked as a distance tutor in the past and also been tutored through the OU so I do have a handle on quality and expectations.

LadySybilDeChocolate Sat 28-Apr-12 15:19:00

So mentoring? It sounds like part of your aim so you could promote this as well?

noddyholder Sat 28-Apr-12 15:19:45

I am hoping to do teh guardian one in sept so I would say YES!

Author2Author Sat 28-Apr-12 15:54:52

The course would be nothing like the Guardian UEA one- which is £4K!

This is going to be a 4- 6 module course over the same number of weeks. It would take people through the basics of getting together a synopsis and sample chapters, and the right publishers to contact.

It would be 1:1 mentoring along with course materials and assignments.
We might also bolt-on an optional module for getting into journalism and being able to write features off the back of the non fiction book topic.

GrendelsMum Mon 30-Apr-12 12:28:33

Well, why don't you try it and see? Tutor your first 6 or 7 people and then review how it went for them, whether you're charging the right amount, whether you're covering your costs, etc.

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