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Nonfiction Storytelling

  • Builds writing self-confidence
  • Develops voice
  • Shapes tone and style

One of the most popular genres in the literary and publishing communities, nonfiction storytelling focuses on true stories told with the drama, verve, and descriptive language of fiction. These courses will inspire you to tell your own story through a memoir or a personal essay, or to write about people, places, and things you know. Other topics covered include travel writing, profiles, and opinion pieces.

Creative Nonfiction Writing

Explore the process of writing nonfiction with clarity and precision as well as with a poet’s eye.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
4 sections

The Art of the Essay: How to Write Op-Eds and Nonfiction and Personal Essays

Learn how to write essays and then get them published in magazines, in newspapers, and online.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Writing Your Memoir

Bring focus and clarity to a memoir through writing exercises, analysis of published memoirs, and guidance.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Autobiographical Fiction: Exploring Both Fiction and Memoir

Explore how to use your own life experiences to inspire your writing and to create autobiographical fiction.

2019 Spring
1 section

Creative Writing for Beginners: Saturday Afternoon Workshop

Boost your creativity with an evening of cutting-edge exercises, and identify your next steps as a writer.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

The Art of Self-Editing

Explore strategies for editing your own writing, from organizing your material to polishing your prose.

2019 Spring
1 section

Write What You Know

Sharpen your writing skills by reporting and writing on personal (or other people’s) experiences.

2019 Spring
1 section

Writing Parenthood: Writing for a Growing Market

Produce a polished, ready-to-publish work of nonfiction about parenthood for a growing market.

2019 Spring
1 section

Writing in Stillness

Use meditation, mindfulness practice, and free writing to deepen the writing process, sharpen your voice, and clarify the story that wants to be told.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Crafting Great Essays from Personal Experience

Turn personal experiences into marketable essays or op-ed columns for newspapers or the web.

2018 Fall
1 section

Escape Artists: Writing in the Margins of Genre

Experiment with the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction as you compose exciting new creative writing that resists classification.

2018 Fall
1 section

Essentials of Writing Essays: From Personal to Persuasive

Read published essays as models of the form, and then, discuss and practice the full range of this nonfiction craft.

2018 Fall
1 section

Better Writing Through the Senses

Learn how to engage your readers by immersing them in rich worlds of sights, sounds, smells, textures, and flavors.

2018 Fall
1 section

Getting into the Writing Habit

Through writing prompts and exercises, this class helps you to jump-start your writing project.

2018 Fall
1 section

Writing Out on the Edge: Writing Queer

Gain an understanding of how to write and market your nonfiction work on LGBTQ issues and culture to LGBTQ and mainstream markets.

2018 Fall
1 section

Inspired by Nature

Harness the forces of nature to discover its many sources of inspiration in this summer writing workshop.

Jumpstart Your Memoir

This class is for anyone who always has wanted to write a memoir but can’t quite get things rolling, or is stuck in a rut.

Witness to History: Personal Essays and Memoirs

Choose a reported event and craft a personal essay that recounts it from your own perspective.

How to Find a Literary Agent

Learn submission techniques and the standard practices of most literary agents in order to find publishing success.

New York Stories: A Writing Workshop

Read and discuss seminal works of writing about New York City, and then write your own stories, poems, or narrative nonfiction in response.