Session 1: Wednesday 8 November
Finding a mandate: Nonfiction needs a ‘mandate’ or reason for being. In this introductory session, we brainstorm examples, eg. a personal connection to a story, or expertise in a particular subject. Then we look at real examples of how authors communicate their mandate to the reader. There will be time for questions. The homework is to start writing the first chapter of a nonfiction book with your ‘mandate’ in mind.
Session 2: Wednesday 15 November
Engaging the reader: What are some ways that we can catch and hold the reader’s attention? We look at the method of creating suspense/foreshadowing at the start of a book. We go into prose techniques such as rhythm, flow and clarity. Next, we look at some writing that is not engaging, and work together to improve it. There will be time for questions. You will be able to apply today’s lesson to your draft.
Session 3: Wednesday 22 November
Looking ahead: You’ve got your first chapter – how do you carry on? We cover how to set writing goals, chapter outlines and timelines, and research. You will be able to submit your chapter and receive feedback. We’ll look at where to from here.