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"A very inspiring and informative introduction to the foundation of several types of nonfiction writing. "
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"This course and the instructor gave me the push and the skills that I needed to work toward completing my first book."
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"For the first time, the different genres of nonfiction defined themselves in my mind."
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Nonfiction 101

The vast majority of all published writing is nonfiction. Opportunities for the nonfiction writer are everywhere—magazines, newspapers, books, the Internet. And nonfiction has grown more diverse and creative than ever, embracing all styles from straight to zany to poetic, encompassing every topic imaginable from childhood memories to the creation of the universe.

In this six-week survey course, you will gain an introduction to six major forms of nonfiction - memoir, personal essay, features, profiles, reviews, and travel writing. You'll learn what they are and you'll start developing the ideas and skills and confidence to write them.

If you are interested in nonfiction, but don’t know much about it from a writers perspective, Nonfiction 101 is a great place to start. This course also serves as an excellent precursor to other Gotham nonfiction courses.



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Level I
Creative Nonfiction 101 | 6-week Workshop
 

In this six-week course, you will find:

  • Starter information on six forms of nonfiction - memoir, personal essay, feature articles, profiles, reviews, travel writing
  • Exercises that let you explore each of these forms
  • Tips for finding ideas in each form
  • Feedback from your instructor in a completely supportive and no-pressure environment
  • Development of your power to see story potential in the world around you
  • Techniques for bringing your nonfiction to life on the page
  • Exposure to a range of nonfiction writers
  • Confidence gained through practice and praise
  • Exposure to a range of nonfiction writers

A safe environment in which to build your nonfiction skills and broaden your nonfiction horizon

Nonfiction 101 is for beginners or anyone who wants a refresher. This is a survey course, designed to introduce you to a variety of nonfiction forms.

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