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The Outcome Outline

The Most Effective Planning Tool for Nonfiction Writers

Are you a "pantser" or a "plotter"? Do you love outlining, or does it leave you running for the hills?

Some writers love to outline their entire book, because they believe they have to map out every point and argument in order to write a coherent whole. Other writers hate outlining, because they believe it robs them of their creativity and they would rather write their way to an understanding of their book.

Jennie Nash has designed an outlining method that writers from both camps can love. It’s called the Outcome Outline. It’s a simple and easy-to-use tool with a very clear goal: In a short space, tie each point or argument of your book to the takeaways (outcomes) that you want your reader to come away with.

The course will teach you the Cornerstone Questions for deciding on the best structure for your book, the Outcome Outline, and the One-Page Book Summary, a succinct snapshot of your entire book that allows you to see the whole thing in one glance. You'll learn how to weave the point and outcome threads of your book together so that your readers are hooked from start to finish. These clear, concise roadmaps you'll create will help you get to "the end" faster, with a book that is solid from cover to cover. This class is applicable to those writing prescriptive nonfiction. (Writing memoir or narrative nonfiction? Check out The Inside Outline – this class's fiction equivalent.)

The class uses three powerful tools to nail down the foundation of your story, developed by founder Jennie Nash and tested on hundreds of writers.

  1. Cornerstone Questions for deciding on the best structure for your book
  2. A robust Outcome Outline that captures the most important elements of your book
  3. The One-Page Book Summary

Solve all the problems in your book before you write another word.


Course Curriculum


  Welcome to the Outcome Outline
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  The One-Page Book Summary
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  The Shape of Nonfiction
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Your Instructor


Jennie Nash
Jennie Nash

Jennie Nash is the founder and CEO of Author Accelerator, which trains, certifies, and supports book coaches as they help writers write books worth reading. Since 2008, writers serious about reaching readers have trusted Jennie to coach their projects from inspiration to publication. Her clients have landed top New York agents, national book awards, and deals with houses such as Scribner, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette. Jennie is the author of 8 books in 3 genres. She taught for 13 years in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, is an instructor at CreativeLive.com, and speaks on podcasts and at writing conferences all over the country. You can learn more about Jennie at www.jennienash.com and www.authoraccelerator.com.


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
This is a self-paced course and you may go through the lessons and assignments on your own schedule. You will have access to the course forever.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What is your refund policy?
Author Accelerator offers a seven-day money-back guarantee from the date of purchase. If you are not satisfied with the course – for whatever reason – contact us and we will give you a full refund. After this seven-day period, no refunds will be given.
I've already started writing my manuscript. Is the Outcome Outline still for me?
It can be extremely helpful no matter where you are in the writing process to analyze your book and see whether there are weak spots, holes, or elements that need solidifying. You can then go back to your draft and shore those up, knowing that you can write forward with confidence. We will warn, though, that you could end up finding that your book needs a major overhaul – we've seen it happen many times. That can be difficult for some writers to accept, so keep that in mind as you do this work. If you're not already, we would suggest working with one of our certified book coaches, which will give you assurance that you are on the right track, and support if the work gets tough. Reach out to Diana Renn, our director of coach development, at [email protected] to get connected to a book coach.
I haven't written a single page. Is the Outcome Outline for me?
Absolutely! That's what the Outcome Outline is designed to do – get you started!
How can I get feedback on the work I do in this course?
The Outcome Outline is so critical to the structure of your story that we recommend getting professional feedback on it so that you can write forward with confidence. We have an amazing team of certified book coaches who have been trained in how to guide writers through the Outcome Outline, and we would love to help you find the right coach for you if you're not already working with one. Reach out to Diana Renn, our director of coach development, at [email protected] for more information.