Course description

Calling All Fiction Writers!

Do you use Microsoft Word every day of your life but never took the time to learn how to efficiently and effectively use the tool?  

Are you new to Microsoft Word and don't know where to begin?  

If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this is the course for you.  

"The mechanic who would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools." --Confucius  

Learn to Use the Essential Features of Microsoft Word  

This course focuses on all the features of Microsoft Word that are essential for writing fiction while ignoring the business and non-fiction authoring features.  The result is a streamline fast-paced course that will have you up and running in no time.  In this course you'll learn:  

  • Screen and menu layoutss
  • Typing assist
  • Basic editing
  • Saving and restoring work
  • Configuring Word
  • Using templates
  • Inserting lists, images, and tables
  • Formatting headers and footers
  • Tracking Changes


I even conclude the course with a glimpse at my personal Word environment. 

Learn the Fundaments to Assist You In Takin My Other Courses  

I've created several courses for writers (e.g. self-publishing) on Udemy, all of which assume that the student possesses a fundamental understanding of Microsoft Word.  In this course, I provide the fundamental understanding required to fully comprehend the topics presented in my other courses. 

Have You Struggled with the Basics of Word?  

I can bring you up to speed in around 2 hours!!!  The basics of Microsoft Word aren't really that difficult to comprehend.  Once all the business and non-fiction writer functions are ignored, you're left with a fundamental set of core features that you'll learn to use like a pro.  I'm sure you'll be able to follow along easily on this gentle introduction into this powerful word processor. 

"I loved this course. I wish I had been able to take this class early in my writing career instead of figuring things out as I went along. Even now, after twenty-four published novels, I learned valuable shortcuts and refinements in these lessons that I will apply to my work immediately. Thank you Brian Jackson, for a well-thought-out and effective course geared to authors (but useful for others as well.)"

-- Susan Squires, New York Times Bestselling Author of the "Magic" Series 

Let's Have Some Fun Together

I try to avoid anything that wouldn't be enjoyable.  Join me on what I think is a fun course of discovery that will lay the foundations for later work together.

---Brian


What Students Will Learn:

  • To learn the basics of Microsoft Word 2010
  • To learn how to configure an environment conducive to writing
  • Prepare novelists to submit manuscripts for editing and publication


Prerequisites:

  • Ability to run Microsoft Word 2010


Target Student:

  • Writers just beginning to learn Microsoft Word 2010
  • Writers wishing to brush up on their Microsoft Word 2010 skills
  • Writers looking for a few tricks to use in future documents

Course curriculum

Meet your instructor!

Brian Jackson
Author, Publisher and Educator


I was born the middle of the last century in Los Angeles, California.  

After moving for a time to the Silicon Valley, I graduated from Humboldt State University amid the redwoods of Northern California.

Two weeks after graduation I was working as a computer systems programmer for Lockheed Missiles and Space (LMSC) back in the Silicon Valley.  Two months after that and I was married as I have been happily  ever since (for 38 years).

After 14 years at Lockheed I moved from working on IBM mainframes to using PCs running the Unix operating system and encountered a thing called the Internet.  Cisco Systems seemed to be the right place to work, so I joined the company as their 650th employee.  Eleven years later Cisco had grown to over 20,000 employees.

I retired at the age of 48 and instantly became bored!

Throughout my professional career I'd always enjoyed both writing and providing technical training.  So, I attended creative writing classes at my local junior college and began to write.

I managed to write and self-publish a handful of books, but things didn't take off until my wife, Melanie Jackson, an established author with a New York company, left traditional publishing to join me in self-publishing.

In 8 years, from 2010 to now, Melanie and I have made half-a-million dollars self-publishing well over 100 books.  I also managed to record a pair of audiobooks for Amazon and Audible sale.

By 2014, our rapid rise to Kindle fame had already dwindled.  I decided to pursue my second passion of giving training presentations.

Since 2014 I've published over 40+ online video training courses for training sites such as Udemy and SkillShare. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my areas of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP.  I continue to expand my video training catalog while focusing some energy on resurrecting our flagging book sales using various marketing techniques.  Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my lovely wife and Butterscotch the cat.

I'll see you in the classroom,

---Brian

Take this course today!

"Microsoft Word 2010 for Beginners"

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