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CNF 99 — Expert to Author: Develop the Nonfiction Book That Only You Can Write

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Apr 13—Apr 14
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 6
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $380
Instructor(s): Tiffany Hawk
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
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Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—4:00 pm (PT)
Apr 13—Apr 14
2 days
Refund Date
Apr 6
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Tiffany Hawk
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Nothing establishes authority like a nonfiction book, whether it’s self-help, how-to, science, memoir, or whatever best showcases your area of expertise. While it has never been easier to publish, it’s more challenging than ever to stand out. No matter how you decide to bring your book to market (we will discuss the pros and cons of self-, hybrid, and traditional publishing), you will need an exceptional book to gain traction.

This immersive course is designed to help you push past procrastination, perfectionism, and questions like: What if I don’t have anything new to say? Am I expert enough? Is my story too personal? Where do I even start? Over one immersive weekend, we will work together to turn your rough idea into a roadmap for the groundbreaking book only you can write. Through engaging lectures, workshop feedback, and hands-on exercises, you’ll hone your idea until you have a unique and marketable “hook,” sketch out your structure, and brainstorm the best ways to build your platform. Past students—including therapists, bloggers, speakers, leaders, academics, and entrepreneurs—have landed agents and book deals based on the methods taught in this course. You’ll walk away with a much stronger sense of the book you are writing, how to finish it, and the best way to get it into the world.

Author; Publishing Consultant

Tiffany Hawk is the author of Love Me Anyway. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and GQ and on NPR’s All Things Considered. She has taught at Rutgers and Arizona State and specializes in nonfiction book proposals. Her students have received awards, landed top literary agents, earned six-figure advances with prominent New York houses, and they have been featured in Harper’s, The Los Angeles Times, Today.com, and The Atlantic. She received an MFA from UC Riverside.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.