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How to be a non-fiction author | Live online masterclass | 9th March 2024



James Montague. Photo Vladimir Zivojinovic

How to be a non-fiction author
We’ll be running a live online class on Zoom on Saturday 9th March 2024 from 10am-12 noon UK time (GMT) in which award-winning author and Delayed Gratification associate editor James Montague will show you how to write and sell your non-fiction book

The course
James will take you through the process of how to pitch, structure and write your own non-fiction book. You will learn:

  • How to pitch your idea to an agent or publisher. James will go through the process of breaking down an idea and putting together the elements which a publisher wants to see, using real pitches that have been successfully turned into published books.
  • The process of structuring and ordering your book.
  • Tips on how best to approach researching and writing your book.

Who it’s for
The course is for adults only. The course would especially benefit people who have an idea they would like to pursue as a non-fiction book, but it is open to anyone who wants to learn the process by which books come to life.

The tutor
James Montague is a journalist and author who has published four works of non-fiction and is a three-time winner at the British Sports Book of the Year Awards. His books are “Thirty One Nil: On the Road With Football’s Outsiders” and “The Billionaires Club: The Unstoppable Rise of Football’s Super-Rich Owners”, both published by Bloomsbury. “1312: Among the Ultras, A Journey With the World’s Most Extreme Fans” was released in March 2020 by Ebury, part of Penguin Random House and in 2022 a heavily revised edition his debut book, “When Friday Comes: Football Revolution in the Middle East and the Road to Qatar”, was republished to coincide with the 2022 World Cup finals. As well as being a co-founder and associate editor of Delayed Gratification magazine, he has reported from over 100 countries and unrecognised territories y for the the New York Times, CNN and the BBC World Service, amongst others.


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