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LIVE ONLINE MASTERCLASS: How to be a non-fiction author


Award-winning author and DG associate editor James Montague teaches you how to write and sell your non-fiction book

Dates and timings
This masterclass will take place over two sessions:

10am-11.30am UK time on Tuesday 9th February

10am-11.30am UK time on Tuesday 16th February

There will be assignments and individual feedback from the tutor after each class.

The course
This is a two-part online masterclass led by award-winning author and Delayed Gratification associate editor James Montague who will take you through the process of how to pitch and write your own non-fiction book.

The first class will focus on 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 second class will then cover the process of structuring and ordering your book, with tips on how best to research and write it.

After each class you’ll receive a homework assignment to help you develop your idea and pitch. James will act as your “pitch doctor”, giving individual feedback to show how you can turn your idea into reality. If you complete the assignments you will finish the process with a pitch ready to present to a publisher.

Who it’s for
The course is for adults only. It 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 course is limited to a maximum of ten participants.

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 latest book “1312: Among the Ultras, A Journey With the World’s Most Extreme Fans” was released in March by Ebury, part of Penguin Random House. As well as being a co-founder and associate editor of Delayed Gratification, he writes regularly for the New York Times.

Tickets cost £125 + VAT for subscribers to Delayed Gratification and £180 + VAT for non-subscribers. We’ll ask for your delivery postcode to verify your subscription when you book your ticket.

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The feedback
“I was pleased that Delayed Gratification took their courses online and delighted to find a non-fiction writing course on offer from award-winning writer, James Montague. The course was excellent – drawn from his own experience, filled with practical detail, and giving much useful advice on writing and getting published. James took an interest in each participant and provided individual guidance and detailed feedback on our work. His enthusiasm for writing and for encouraging others to write will doubtless spur on all of the participants as we set about our own writing projects.” Nora Shovelin, participant at non-fiction author class, May 2020

A slower, more reflective type of journalism”
Creative Review

Jam-packed with information... a counterpoint to the speedy news feeds we've grown accustomed to”
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A leisurely (and contrary) look backwards over the previous three months”
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Quality, intelligence and inspiration: the trilogy that drives the makers of Delayed Gratification”
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Refreshing... parries the rush of 24-hour news with 'slow journalism'”
The Telegraph

A very cool magazine... It's like if Greenland Sharks made a newspaper”
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