Creative Nonfiction 101

Nonfiction—pieces that spring from the real world—is everywhere. Magazines, newspapers, books, blogs, websites. And nonfiction has grown more diverse and creative than ever, embracing all styles from straight to zany to lyrical, encompassing every topic imaginable from schoolyard memories to a trek in Nepal to the creation of the universe.
 
Here you will gain an introduction to six major forms of creative nonfiction— memoir, personal essay, feature articles, profiles, reviews, and travel writing. You’ll learn what they are and how to create them. It’s a sampler platter, with no pressure to work on a specific project or settle on which type of nonfiction you prefer.
 
If you’re eager to explore the endless possibilities of nonfiction, your guided tour begins here.

Notes

The 101 courses do not include workshopping of student projects, but students write and receive feedback on writing exercises and assignments.

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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.
Helen Aki
student

Creative Nonfiction 101 | Level I

6-week Class

NYC info, tuition: $315
Online info, tuition: $299
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

This course lets you explore types of creative nonfiction, and the techniques that go with them. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises

Creative Nonfiction 101 is for beginners or anyone who wants a refresher. Students must be 18 years or older.

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Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Jul 28
Tue, 7–10 pm
50 W. 40 St.
 Aug 25
 Sep 15
 Oct 13
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