PWR 423 Advanced Non-Fiction Writing (3 credits)

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide advanced academic instruction in applying ethical principles to the process of gathering, analyzing and integrating information into powerful nonfiction books. The ultimate goal is to seek out powerful stories reflecting a Christian worldview, and in all work to clearly and accurately communicate truth. The course is taught through a partnership between Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild and Taylor University. No online component: Students receive the initial writing materials and submit work via email. Prerequisite: PWR327

This course may transfer as an English course. Please check with your home institution to verify the transferability.

Learning Results

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Build on the objectives obtained in PWR 323
• Facilitate advanced knowledge of the skills necessary for writing non-fiction books
• Understand the current needs and guidelines of non-fiction book publishers
• Recognize book ideas, conduct adequate research and apply the skills learned in the course to write
    effective non-fiction books
• Engage in the study of current world and community affairs, be alert for and analyze the value of ideas
    based on true stories, and reflect a compassionate Christian worldview in writing about people and issues
    for non-fiction books
• Think critically, analyze the information learned in class, and be able to integrate it with excellent writing
    skills, resulting in clear and effective communication


All required material is obtained through Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild and bookstores. Additional fee: $250

Learning Documentation

This course consists of 15 assignments, and no exams.

Learning Evaluation

Assignments are graded by JJWG mentor-professors who are experienced writers and teachers. The final grade is submitted to and transcripted by Taylor University.

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