Write a Non-Fiction Story online short course

Starts on 6 April 2017

Too soon for you? Register now for the next presentation that starts on 26 October 2017

Course information

16 weeks online
7 hours per week
R11,900 | Options available
Penguin Random House

Course Information

16 weeks online
7 hours per week
R11,900 | Options available
Penguin Random House


Many people want to write, but feel that they don’t have the time, opportunity or skills to do so.

However, almost everyone has a personal story to tell – a startling life experience, a travel adventure, or the fascinating biography of a relative, for example.

This 16-week online short course is designed to mentor both current and aspiring non-fiction writers who want to write an autobiography, memoir, biography, travel narrative or historical account. You’ll also get the incredible chance to submit your work for publication.

Download the course prospectus

What will set you apart

This non-fiction writing short course will give you the opportunity to:

  • Produce and workshop a compelling 10-page non-fiction story
  • Collaborate with fellow writers, learning from each other and review each others non-fiction pieces
  • Be advised and supported by experienced author, Mike Nicol
  • Submit your manuscript for consideration to be published under Penguin Random House eKhaya imprint

Course curriculum

This online short course in non-fiction writing is designed to give you the practical skills and expertise to produce your own non-fiction manuscript. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll study in your own time, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. Here’s what you’ll cover:

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1 Your story
  • Course Module 2 Researching your story
  • Course Module 3 Writing biographies
  • Course Module 4 The first-person narrator
  • Course Module 5 Characters
  • Course Module 6 Preparation for the writing interval

Four-week writing interval

  • Course Module 7 Story review
  • Course Module 8 Writing descriptions
  • Course Module 9 Dialogue
  • Course Module 10 Starting the story
  • Course Module 11 Concluding
  • Course Module 12 Preparing for publication

Earn a certificate from the Penguin Random House

On completion of this course you earn a certificate as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.


Your success team

In collaboration with the world's top-tier universities, we design online short courses around the insights of experienced faculty members and authoritative industry experts. On the course, you can expect to learn from these specialists via online video lectures, which will be accessible to you anywhere, any time.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts on 6 April 2017.
Too soon for you? Register now for the next presentation that starts on 26 October 2017

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GetSmarter’s learning model is designed to help you as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

At the beginning of each week you’ll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion.

You also have access to your Course Coach who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses shorter than nine weeks. For courses nine weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available.

If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for, please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you’ll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

Why wouldn’t you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if itʼs going to have an impact on the way you do business?

37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how.


The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you’ll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

On the Online Campus, you’ll also be able to ask questions, interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you’re experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Course Coach, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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