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Certificate in Autobiography Writing Online Course

Learn The Art of Autobiography

Learn The Art of Autobiography

The Autobiography Writing has all the information that any aspiring auto / biography writer needs to become successful in this writing genre. This course contains all the knowledge needed to write a commercially viable biography, and become an authority on your subject.

From choosing the right person, to interviewing techniques, to ensuring your writing brings your subject to life, this course covers it all. You will receive a comprehensive introduction to writing gripping biographies and a thorough understanding of how to achieve success in the biography industry.

Introduction to the Autobiographical Writing Course

This online course provides students with the opportunity to cover the Certificate’s curriculum in their own time and at their own pace. Most students are able to complete the course in a reasonable amount of time while continuing to work full time.

As this course is online, this Certificate is accessible from any device with an internet connection, and you will have access to online support during your study.

Before completing the course, you must pass a comprehensive test, covering the curriculum in detail, which will lead to the award of your certificate. You can download and print the certificate yourself at home, or we can post it to you for a small additional cost.

By the end of this course, you will learn :

  • What a biography is
  • The practical aspects of becoming a writer
  • The lives and works of famous biographers
  • How to identify your target market
  • Working with your chosen subject and an extensive list of interview questions
  • The ethics of writing a biography, what to include and what to omit
  • How to create a research plan, organise your research, and tell your subject’s story
  • The technical aspects of writing and structure and keeping it interesting and dynamic
  • Developing self-confidence and belief in your abilities
  • Finding your own writing style
  • Writing your autobiography
  • Different publishing options, and how to approach publishers and deal with rejection

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Learn the fundamentals of autobiography
  2. Comprehensive 13 module Accredited Certificate In Autobiography Writing  Online Course 
  3. Study along with simple instructions & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by leading autobiography experts
  5. Receive one-on-one online help & support
  6. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  7. Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  8. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. 

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete this course, receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Module 1: Introduction to Biographical Writing

  • What is biographical writing?
  • Why pursue biographical writing as a career?
  • Why pursue autobiographical writing?
  • The basics of what to include in a biography

Module 2 : What do you need to Become a Good Biographical Writer?

  • What tools you'll need to become a biographical writer
  • What personal skills a biographical writer should possess
  • The upsides and downsides of working from home as a writer
  • How to conduct great research and turn it into something interesting to read

Module 3 : Be Guided by the Best – a Look at other Successful Biographical Writers

  • William Shawcross, journalist and biographer of the Shah of Iran and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
  • Norman Mailer, novelist, playwright and Pulitzer Prize winning biographer of Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Robert Lacy, British historian and Royal biographer
  • Andrew Morton, sensational biographical writer of Diana: Her True Story

Module 4: Identifying Your Target Demographic

  • General tips on how to identify your target audience
  • Why readers love big biographies
  • Reasons why people should read more biographies, that may help you consider your target audience
  • Where biographies are in the leading book genres

Module 5 : Interviewing and Working Closely with Your Subject

  • Tips for a meaningful biographical interview
  • Thoughts to keep in mind when conducting a life interview
  • How to bond with your subject through their ancestors
  • Some great biography interview questions - beyond the obvious

Module 6 : Undertaking Accurate and Thorough Research

  • Different approaches to biographical research
  • What to look for in a good biography - and what your readers will query
  • How to conduct thorough research
  • Getting it right - the importance of truth and accuracy

Module 7 : Planning the Full Biography

  • The process of deciding a subject
  • Formulating a research plan
  • The steps to writing a biography - getting everything in order
  • A basic biographical writing frame to elaborate on

Module 8 : How to Make Boring Facts Seem More Interesting

  • Easy tips on how to fix a bad biography
  • Why your subject's life story can seem boring, and how to make it better without embellishing the truth
  • How to prevent boring your readers to sleep
  • Considering the factors that could make your writing dull to read

Module 9 : Ensuring the Best Flow from Start to Finish

  • The key ingredients to make your writing flow
  • Drafting a fluid outline or biographical sketch
  • Great transition words to ensure your writing isn't choppy
  • Structuring your biographical details for flow and consistency

Module 10 : Improving Your Confidence and Sense of Purpose as a Biographical Writer

  • How to build your writing confidence
  • Secrets for writing with confidence
  • How to overcome writer's doubt
  • Tips for writing with a sense of purpose

Module 11 : Practical Writing Exercises in the Biography Writing Niche

  • A miniature biography writing outline
  • A quick and easy autobiographical exercise
  • Choosing a brief biography and identifying how you could elaborate on it
  • Simple writing exercises to get you thinking

Module 12 : Tackling Your Own Autobiography

  • What an autobiography is and what should you include
  • Ideas for getting started with your autobiography
  • Organising your details and what you must consider
  • Tips for making your biography more exciting

Module 13 : Dealing with Publishers and Selling Your Biography

  • Publishing methods to consider and accumulating validation
  • Whether you should consider the self-publishing route
  • What to do if you get rejected and common reasons manuscripts are rejected
  • Taking steps towards self-publishing or publishing online, along with several top tips for self-publishing

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:


  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)


  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 070NSA15
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Unlimited lifetime access to course material
Time required: Study at your own pace
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate of Completion