The Writer - Teacher (Part Three): How to Create a Script for Your Course from the Text of Your Book | David ✏ Ault | Skillshare

The Writer - Teacher (Part Three): How to Create a Script for Your Course from the Text of Your Book

David ✏ Ault, The Writer Teacher

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5 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. An Introduction to the Course

    • 2. Rewriting the Text from Your Book to Create a Script

    • 3. Formatting the Text in Your Script So That It Reads Better Formatting the Text in Your Script So Tha

    • 4. Preparing the Script for Recording the Audio

    • 5. Your Class Project


About This Class


How to Create a Script for Your Course from the Text of Your Book is actually the third class in the Writer-Teacher series here on Skillshare, which shows self-published authors how to repurpose content they have already written and turn it into courses to sell online.

In this particular class, you will learn about:

  • Rewriting the Text from Your Book to Create a Script
  • Formatting the Text in Your Script So That It Reads Better
  • Preparing the Script for Recording the Audio

So go ahead and enrol in my class and I look forward to seeing you on the inside.


1. An Introduction to the Course: Hello there. My name is David James a lot, and I would like to welcome you to this skill share class, which takes a look at how to create a script for your course from the text of your book class is actually the third in the right to teach your Siri's here on Skill Ship, which shows self published authors how to re purpose content they have already written and turn it into courses to sell online. And in this particular class, you will learn about rewriting the text from your book to create a script, formatting the text in your script so that it reads better preparing the script for recording the audio to go ahead and roll in my class and I look forward to seeing you only side. 2. Rewriting the Text from Your Book to Create a Script: the first step in repurpose ing a book, and creating a course from the content is to rewrite the text that you have previously written. This is because text that is perfectly suitable for a written format may not necessarily be suitable for a spoken format. Usually this does not require a major rewrite, but a few subtle changes on the shortening of sentences will make a huge difference in how your spoken text will sound. So, first of all, you need to open up your written manuscript, whether that be in Scrivener Word or even a text it application and duplicate the file as we're going to be making a number of changes to the original text. Okay, here we are in Scrivener, which is my writing application of choice. And here is the written manuscript for a nonfiction book, which I've already published called A Time Travel History. The Christmas Truce of 1914 and I'm going to repurpose this written content as an online course. So each of these sub chapters will form the basis off lessons in the course. For example, the first subject, er a powder keg waiting to explode, will become the first lesson in this section or class, the Roto War. And if we come down to the front matter of the book, you'll see the book's cover and you'll notice that the book was written by Dr Tara Tempus and yours truly. And Tara is actually the main protagonist from a Siris of time travel novels I'm writing, the research of which inspired this nonfiction book. Now Tara actually writes the books forward, and while that worked well in the E book, I don't think I can include it in my online course. However, I would like to include this closing paragraph as part of an introduction video that will proceed the first lesson. Likewise, if we look at the pre face, which was written by me, I only want to use the opening two paragraphs for the introduction video. Of course, I do not want to mess about with my books manuscript, so I'm actually going to save a new version of the file. I'll save it to the desktop for now, and I will call the new file the Christmas Truce of 1914 course. Okay, now I have created a new file. I can start chopping and changing some things to these chapters will become my individual classes on skill share for sections off the course on you to me, while the sub chapters will form the basis off the different video lessons. So I'm going to create a new introductory section. Well, call the introduction. I'll just drank the folder up to the top here, and I'll add a new lesson, also called introduction. Okay, so next I need to copy the two paragraphs of text from the pre face, paste them in the new introduction and then do the same with the closing paragraph from the food Now you could, of course, dual this in a word processor, such as word using different files for each lesson. But if you are a writer and you are not already using Scriven er, my advice would be to stopped using scrivener. The next stage is to read the text and see if it needs to be rewritten for a spoken format . Now, given the fact I'm creating a history course, which is going to be quite formal and factual in nature anyway, I don't think that the text needs to be changed too much, certainly not as much as a business course or a social media calls would have to be changed . However, I still need to change some of the text, and I certainly will chop up the paragraphs into natural pauses so that the text will be easier to read. And it might even be the case that I need to add the old word or to the emphasis. So by separating the lines of text by each natural pause in this way, whether that be a full stop or period or a comma or a semi colon, I find that a script begins to take shape, which will be a lot easier to read from when it comes time to recall the audio. However, this is only the first stage of making the text easier to read, and in the next video, I shall show you my process for formatting the text in order to emphasize certain words and help make your script come alive. 3. Formatting the Text in Your Script So That It Reads Better Formatting the Text in Your Script So Tha: Once you have rewritten and rework protects from your book, the next step is to format the text of your script in order to give it some character. Specifically, we need to go through the text and highlight those words and phrases that we want to given emphasis to. When reading the text aloud, for example, I am going to bold the word boldly and capitalized. The word such the horrors of World War One was such that following the conflict, President Woodrow Wilson was moved enough. Actually, I think it could do with a natural pause here. The horrors of World War One was such that following the conflict, President Woodrow Wilson was moved enough to boldly promise it would be the war to end all wars. Okay, I shall italicize the word particular and capitalized the word recognizable. I'll do the same with the word Sean, and I will tell Assize this whole phrase so that it reads. And even though the Christmas truce was only to last a few days never to be repeated, it remains a beacon of hope amongst all the and we need to capitalize the word hopelessness as well. Okay, we need bigger pause here, so I shall add a couple of line breaks. While it is of paramount importance that we never forget the horrors in capitals of World War One. Okay, what else? Another phrase Toe italicize for emphasis. Another word to capitalize. And I usually switch between capitals, italics and bold, depending on the type of emphasis I want to give. But this is purely a personal thing, and you may well work out your own system, right? I'll italicize and bold this quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We should marvel at this one human episode a middle, the atrocities which have stained the memory of the war. So now the text is formatted. It is ready to be prepared for reading and the audio recorded. But before we do that, I want to share with you a little technique I use for estimating how many minutes of audio we will be able to create from the written text of our script. So if we click on the text statistics icon in Scrivener, we can see that we have written 192 words. And then if we go to a website called Speech in minutes dot com. We can roughly calculate the amount of audio in minutes. There will likely record from that particular number of words. So on average, 192 words of text equals about 1.5 minutes of audio. Now that's is for an average talking speed off 130 words per minute, and I probably speak on the slower side of average at about 100 words per minute. As in the past, I used to teach English as a foreign language, so feel free to speed me up two times two if I'm talking too slowly for you. So for me, that amount of written text probably equates to about two minutes. Meanwhile, if you are a fast talker speaking at 160 words per minute, 190 words is only going to equate toe around about one minute and 12 seconds of audio. After a while, you work out a more accurate figure for how many words per minute you actually speak. Okay, so we have formatted the text to make it sound that little bit more interesting when we read it out loud, and we also know roughly how much time the audio will take. We should look at how to prepare our script for actually recording the audio, whether we are behind the camera, as is the case of this video, or in front of the camera when recording a talking head video. 4. Preparing the Script for Recording the Audio: Once you have rewritten the text and formatted your script, the next step is to prepare the script so that it is ready for recording. For a screen cast style video like this one, it is possible to read the text. As is. However, Scrivener has a special mode called the full screen composition mode, which has been designed to block out all distractions while you right and it works. Justus. Well, when you are reading text to, I like to set the text to 200% in the menu bar at the bottom. Then you are ready to hit record in audacity or an equivalent software on. Begin reading into your microphone, scrolling down the text as you do so totally distraction free. Now, if you do not own a copy of Scrivener, then you are able to do something very similar in words, and I've copied the same text into a word to show you what I mean. Word now has a viewing mode called Focus, which also blocks out distractions. In a similar way to Scriven is full screen composition mode. Again, you can sit how big you want the text to appear on as I said before, I prefer toe have this set to 200%. So both Scriven er and word are ideal if you are reading off camera. However, what about if you were filming a talking head video where you were speaking in front of the camera? Now you could have also learned that takes off by heart and do it off pat. But personally, when I'm filming a talking head video, I prefer to read often auto cue or TelePrompTer. And I actually use a great online tool to do just that called easy prompter. This is the free version, although they do offer a pro version as well. And you just need to copy and paste your text into the box like so, and click on start prompt. He then click on play or hit the space bar to start, and you are able to reduce the size of the fund down here like so, and also reduce the speed of the teleprompter until you find the settings that are ideal for you and your reading speed. I think that five is probably about right. Perhaps that's still a bit too fast. Maybe four would be better now if we go back to the easy prompter home page, you will see that there is also a portable version of the teleprompter, which is also totally free of charge and allows you to use the auto queue even when you don't have Internet access. You just need to download the portable version here, and then an HTML file will save to your download folder again. You just have to copy and paste the text into the box. Then you can set your desired font size and scrolling speed. You also have the choice to capitalize. All the text which we don't want to do is we have capitalized text for emphasis, and finally, you have the option to flip the text. If you were doing a life presentation on a mirror is being used to display the text, but obviously we do not need that option. It is important to point out here that Easy Prompt does not recognize if text has bean italicized or bold ID. So in fact, you're only able to capitalize any text that you would like to emphasize, So I will need to replace any bold or italicize text in the script and rewrite it in capital letters, which may mean that you lose a little of the subtlety with how you interpret the text. Okay, so let's click on start prompter and hit the space bar to play The horrors of World War One was such that following the conflict, President Woodrow Wilson was moved enough to boldly promise it would be the war to end all wars. Okay, that's possibly still a bit too fast for that particular Funt. But I'm sure you get the hang of it. So I hope you have enjoyed these lessons on rewriting, formatting and preparing your text. And in the next class, I will be looking at how to recall the audio feel course. So I hope you'll join me then. 5. Your Class Project: Hello there, Thesis. Just a quick video toe. Thank you for taking this class. I hope you enjoyed it. And if so, please consider leaving a thumbs up, as it really means a lot to me. It would also be great if you would complete the class project, which is quite simply to format the text in your script so that it reads better. All you need to do is take a paragraph from the text of your book, rewrite it if necessary and then capitalized. Those words you intend to emphasize when reading the script. Thanks again for completing the class. And I hope to see you in one of my other classes very soon.