Do I need to be admitted to the university to enroll in the program?
No. This is a professional development program and admittance to the university is not required.
Is the course offered completely online?
All classes are delivered live, online.
How long is the program?
The program takes two semesters to complete; about 10 months.
Can I take the modules in any order?
Each part, and the modules in each, needs to be taken in order, as each course curriculum builds on the next.
How many modules are in the program?
There are 11 modules; five in Part 1 and six in Part 2.
How do I earn the Ghostwriting Professional Designation?
To earn the designation you must:
- Successfully complete Parts 1 and 2 (all 11 modules).
- Complete class assignments.
- Participate in class discussions.
- Attend all class meetings.
(Due to the length of this program, up to two classes may be missed in Part 1 and up to two may be missed in Part 2. Missed class meetings over these amounts can be made up during the next course offering, after which the designation will be awarded.)
What if I'm interested in taking only one module?
The first module, Introduction to Ghostwriting / Nonfiction A&Rs, can be taken any time it is offered. The other modules must be taken in order. You will not receive the designation without successfully completing all modules in order.
What if I complete Module 1 and then can't continue? Can I take the other modules later or do I have to start over?
The modules must be taken in order, but can be taken in a different semester. We recommend completing the program in two years.
What kinds of weekly assignments are there?
- Discussion – You will be expected to participate in discussions and questions posed in class relating to:
- What you have learned.
- Assigned research.
- Your considered opinion or previous knowledge.
- Weekly Assignments – Expect 2-4 skill-building assignments each week and occasional research assignments.
- Reading – Most weeks include some reading from the textbooks or supplemental material included in the program. Other reading includes published titles discovered via assigned research.
Do I get a letter grade for this program?
There is no letter grade for any of the modules. You will earn the Ghostwriting Professional Designation upon successful completion of all 10 skills taught throughout the 10 modules, and the Professional Ghostwriting / Politics module. You will receive a certificate that will serve as a permanent record of your accomplishment.
Do I need to purchase any textbooks?
No, all books and materials are included in the registration fee. You will also be sent a headset with microphone that is yours to keep after you complete the program.
Will I have an instructor?
Yes. Each class is live, with a lead instructor. Teaching Assistants and guest speakers may also participate in the course.
What constitutes participation?
Participation is when you are actively involved in discussions and contributing in meaningful ways, such as:
- Posing questions as you go in order to fully understand the material being presented.
- Contributing new and relevant information to the discussions from personal experience.
- Building on the remarks of your fellow students.
- Sharing articles, news items, websites, and other information.
What technical support is available to me?
Our Academic Technology Services Center is available for technical support by phone or email Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.
Included in each module are all directions needed to use the required features of Adobe Connect.
What are the technical requirements?
Participants will need reliable Internet access and a PC computer with the latest Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox browser, or a Macintosh computer with the latest version of Internet Explorer to access your class.
In addition, you will need Broadband Internet connection (DSL or faster) and a soundcard. You will also need to have the latest Flash Player to access the animations and some graphics. Both of these items are available as free downloads from the Microsoft, Mozilla, and Adobe web sites.
Our Technology Enhanced Learning Center will be able to assist you with locating, downloading, and installing the browser and the player. For more detailed information specific to these online course technical requirements, call the CPIE Help Desk at (562) 985-2900.
You will receive a headset with microphone that is yours to keep after you complete the program.