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"It helps you distinguish between the various types of nonfiction writing to determine where you are on the spectrum and what to study next."
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"The course gave me a wonderful overview of a variety of styles. I learned the difference between a memoir and a personal essay, between feature journalism and hard news, how to profile someone, and how to format news articles."
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"I have honestly found every week's lecture to be interesting, with something new and unexpected. I will return to the lectures long after the course has finished. It is just the most fantastic thing to be able to learn from an instructor in New York."
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Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
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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New York City Classes  
Tuition: $299. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

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Jan 12 Mondays 555 8th Ave. 2:00PM - 5:00PM
No Class: Jan 19, Feb 16
Jan 14 Wednesdays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
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