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Get your professional development certified with iTDi

Due to the hands on nature of this course, we will only offer two levels of certification.

If you want to learn how to create great ebooks for your colleagues and students, register for the Certificate of Accomplishment.



If you want to pursue marketing and selling your ebooks, register for the Certificate of Distinction. In addition to the feedback provided to all participants during the course, Dorothy will provide marketability critiques for teachers working toward this certificate.




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iTDi Advanced Course

Self-Publishing for ELT Teachers with Dorothy Zemach

Have an idea for a book, but not sure if it would really work, how to get it going, or how to finish it? This workshop is for you! In this four-week course, every participant will create an original ebook—it could be lesson plans, exercises for students, essays and reflections, research results, or whatever strikes your fancy! Not every work will be something suitable to sell, but you’ll learn the entire process from evaluating an idea, drafting the material, soliciting feedback, and formatting and publishing in ebook format (longer works could also create paperback books). This is more than just a "how to" — it's the actual doing.

Live online sessions will be held in the iTDi virtual classroom on Saturdays/Sundays in July.

Live sessions (registered participants only)

  • Saturday July 1st/Sunday July 2nd – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • (two weeks for the bulk of your writing. There will be several intermediate tasks during this time)
  • Saturday July 15th/Sunday July 16th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • Saturday July 22nd/Sunday July 23rd – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • Saturday July 29th/Sunday July 30th – course participants only (60 minutes)

Time: 03:00 - 04:00 GMT (Check your local time here)

This is 20:00 (Saturday) in Los Angeles, 12:00 (Sunday) in Tokyo.

If the time for the live sessions doesn't work well for your time zone, don't worry! We record everything, and most of the work will take place in our online community (which is always open) so you can easily participate even if you can't join the Saturday/Sunday live sessions.

Certificate requirements

Everyone registering for this course is expected to prepare material for an ebook. You don’t have to start the course with something to work with. but will be expected to create at least a few pages for feedback and formatting. The more you have, the further you’ll get.

  • Attend (or watch recordings of) the four live sessions
  • Complete the discussion tasks and assigned readings
  • Post your own work and respond to the work of others
  • Submit a final project to Dorothy for evaluation
  • Due to the hands on nature of this course, we will only offer two levels of certification.

    If you want to learn how to create great ebooks for your colleagues and students, register for the Certificate of Accomplishment.

    Certificate of Accomplishment

    US $99 - Course Recordings, PPTs, Private Learning Community, Instructor Evaluation.

    If you want to pursue marketing and selling your ebooks, register for the Certificate of Distinction. In addition to the feedback provided to all participants during the course, Dorothy will provide marketability critiques for teachers working toward this certificate.

    Certificate of Distinction

    US $169 - Course, Recordings, PPTs, Private Learning Community, Instructor Evaluation, Individual Mentoring

    Questions? Contact support@itdi.pro

    If you are unable to join the class without scholarship support from iTDi, please apply using the form here

During this month, you'll choose a topic for the work you want to publish, write it, format it for ebook (and possibly paperback), and evaluate its potential audience to decide whether it would be appropriate to distribute free to a select group of people or to offer for sale commercially.

Specifically, we'll look at:

  • Deciding what to write: Is your project viable? useful? desirable?
  • Choosing a format: What content works best for ebook? For paperback? What is the best way to present your work?
  • Writing the work: You’ll have to actually create your content. Depending on the scope of the project you choose, you might finish a portion or chapter of the work, or the entire thing.
  • Formatting and creating: How do you create an ebook file? How do you create a paperback file? (Note: in this course, we’ll be primarily looking at ebook creation, because that can be done free of charge with a shorter learning curve. Formatting interior files and covers for paperbacks is more time-consuming to learn. Elements such as cover design can be outsourced, but that would require paying someone outside of this course.)
  • Beta reading, editing, and feedback: Participants are expected to give and receive honest, useful feedback about one another’s works. Come with an understanding that every piece of writing can be improved, and be open to receiving assessments and suggestions, and be willing to offer the same.
  • Distribution: Is your work ready to sell? If so, where and how will you sell it? Is it appropriate to distribute it some other way? And if so, how and where?
  • Marketing and Publicity: How can you make the world aware of your work?

Course requirements

You will need these things:

  • A gmail account, to access the course materials
  • A way to read ebook files on your computer, tablet, or phone. Software for reading ebooks is freely available online to download; we will discuss some options on the first day of class if you do not already have something.
  • A legal copy of Microsoft Word. Other word processing programs might present challenges for formatting and conversion that I cannot solve. If you’re willing to take that risk, then you may; but you must acknowledge that it’s possible you will not be able to complete some tasks, including the final creation of your book.
  • A willingness to problem-solve. Working with different computer systems and software means that unexpected glitches and challenges turn up. Almost all of them are solvable, but it can take some discussion and hunting for solutions and trial and error. Proactive problem-solvers will be happier writers. Note that I am more familiar with the Macintosh OS than I am with PCs; but I will have plenty of resources available for you.
  • A commitment to doing things legally—including not appropriating text or images that are copyrighted. By taking this course, you agree that you have the legal right to publish any and all text and images that you use in your works.
  • An understanding that some resources will be mentioned that cost money—such as photo databases. You are not required to use any of these, and we will discuss free workarounds. However, I am going to point out those resources that I think are top quality, and some of them are not free. Whether you purchase any additional software or subscriptions or services is entirely your choice and will not impact your ability to finish this course.



Dorothy Zemach

Dorothy Zemach holds an MA in TEFL and has been teaching English for 30 years. Since turning to materials writing, she has penned everything from the Teddy Bear's Magic Music teacher's book to the lowest and highest levels of Macmillan's flagship course Open Mind to the groundbreaking English for Scammers (self-published). She's worked with CUP as an in-house senior development editor, and has written and/or edited as well for OUP, Macmillan, Pearson, Cengage, and University of Michigan Press, among others. In 2012, she founded Wayzgoose Press, an independent publisher of fiction, literary non-fiction, and educational materials. Dorothy's website: http://www.dorothyzemach.com