How do the classes work?

Creative Nonfiction’s online classes are designed to accommodate people with busy schedules and other commitments. Many students have full-time jobs or child- or parentcare responsibilities, while others have more free time to devote to their writing. The flexible class schedule means that you can participate in the way that best fits your schedule.

No matter your skill level or writing goal, we have a course that's right for you, and we're always adding more options! And, unlike other online programs, our courses are small—between 6 and 14 students per section—so you'll get individualized attention and feedback on your work.

Our 10-week classes run in fall (September-December), winter (January-March), and spring (March-May). Summer classes are five weeks long (July-August) and a great choice for students, travelers, or those wanting to try something new without the commitment of a longer session.

Descriptions of our current classes can be found here.

A list of our previous classes can be found here.

You registered for a class. Now what?

Two days before your class begins, you'll receive an invitation with instructions on how to log into WetInk, our online class platform. At this time, you can become familiar with the classroom, read your instructor’s announcements, set your avatar, and meet with others in the Community Page. On the first day of class, you’ll receive a welcome email from your instructor and access to Week One’s materials.

The information below outlines the structure of a typical online class. Please note that some classes (such as CNF Boot Camp) follow a different format. More details are available in individual class descriptions.

Each week provides:

  • writing prompts and/or assignments
  • discussions of assigned readings and other general writing topics with peers and the instructor
  • written lectures and a selection of readings

Some weeks also include:

  • opportunities to submit full-length essays for instructor and/or peer critiques
  • optional video conferences during Week 2 (Please note that this doesn’t apply to Summer term. For more information please see our FAQs)

Aside from the live conference, there is no need to be online at any particular time of day. To create a better classroom experience for all, you are required to participate weekly in class discussions to receive instructor feedback on your work.

After your course closes: you will receive a zip file of your content from this class. You’ll also continue to be a member of our Creative Nonfiction Writing Classes' Community Page. With this membership, you will be able to share writings and calls for submissions, recommend books, and, generally, stay connected. You can decide how frequently you want to receive notifications by changing the settings in your Wet Ink profile.

Questions? Please read our FAQs, or contact Sharla Yates, Creative Nonfiction’s Director of Education, at yates[at]