Become a Certified Ghostwriter

csulbsealThe only Ghostwriter Training Program in the world is expanding again. We’re switching to modules so students have more time to work with each new tool and technique. Since the CSULB web site hasn’t caught up with us yet, here’s the lowdown about this Spring’s Ghostwriting Professional Designation Program

Registration: By phone at 562-985-4486 or online at Ghostwriting Professional Designation Program

Dates:  Feb 4 – Jun 17, 2015

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM Pacific

Location: Online (headset or mic/speakers required)

Cost: Modular or program pricing (call Penni Wells @ 562-985-4486 for details)


1-2. Introduction to Ghostwriting / Nonfiction A&Rs
Ghostwriting skills are the apex of all writing craft, so being a professional takes new techniques, tools, and psychological tactics, including the A&R, one of the most important tools the set. Topics covered:
• Principles of ghostwriting
• The six functions of an A&R
• How to find the “gold” in any manuscript

3. Nonfiction Substantive Editing
Perhaps the most overlooked stage of rewrite, substantive editing is all about structure, the #1 reason most manuscripts get rejected. Topics covered:
• Principles of structure and “slinky flow”
• Determine and restructure any manuscript
• Typical book templates and “deal-breakers.”

4. Nonfiction Ghostwriting
From the author’s perspective, ghostwriting is all about keeping the work in their voice. From the ghostwriter’s perspective, the endeavor is a bit more complex. Topics include:
• The principles of maintaining voice, intent, and perspective
• Information interpretation, manipulation, and extrapolation
• Ghostwriting v. editing

5. Nonfiction Line Editing
This vital but seldom addressed edit adds the music, drive, energy, any rhythm to the completed manuscript. Students are expected to basic copy editing. The class will line edit various pieces as a group during class. Topics include:
• Passive v. active voice
• Static phrasings
• Line-by-line emendment

6. Nonfiction Submissions
All nonfiction books are sold by proposal; all proposals are requested as a result of query letters. Literary agents and acquisition editors are flooded with literally millions of queries and proposals every year. Topics include:
• Standard elements of the proposal and query
• Effective development and usage
• Agent/publisher research options