Online Classes

Tell your story, better.

Creative Nonfiction's online classes give you the opportunity to learn in a small classroom environment on your own time. Write at night, on your lunch break... even in your underwear. All you need is an Internet connection and a little motivation.

Participants receive personalized feedback on assignments from their instructor, as well as responses from classmates on discussion board forums and peer reviews. All instructors have university teaching experience and/or are working professional writers. Conversation, firm deadlines, and feedback help keep you writing and improving your work throughout the class. Small class sizes (14-16 students) help foster community and an online workshop vibe.

Whether you're just starting out or looking for an advanced class to help you refine and polish your work, we have a course for you. Class sessions begin in January, April, June, and September. Because of the flexible nature of our courses, we can gladly accept students from all across the globe.

See what past students have to say about our growing writing community, and read some publishing success stories from our students. 



Spring Online Classes coming soon

April 3 - May 7  (5-week classes)
April 3 - June 11  (10-week classes)

Please note: it is not uncommon for classes to fill up before the end of early registration, particularly in the last few days before the deadline. If you know for certain that you wish to take a particular class, we recommend registering early. If you'd like to be added to a waitlist for a sold-out class, please email our director of online education, Ellen Ayoob, at ayoob[at]creativenonfiction[dot]org.

 

Please follow the links below for more information on upcoming and future sessions:

If your question is not answered in the Frequently Asked Questions, please contact Ellen Ayoob, Director of Educational Programs, at ayoob@creativenonfiction.org.



Previous and/or Upcoming Classes

 

Advanced Memoir and Personal Essay - Curriculum A

Tackle larger and more challenging forms while learning the essentials of structure, character development, and researching memories. 

Advanced Memoir and Personal Essay - Curriculum B 

Work on theme, structure and experimental forms in this course for advanced writers. The reading list and assignments are entirely separate from Curriculum A, so students may wish to take both courses.

Audio Storytelling & Podcasting

Explore ways to create nonfiction narratives using the power of sound

Blogging for the Writer

How do you get readership for your blog? How do you make your blog pieces distinct and resonant? In this multi-week workshop, we will discuss "best practices" for successful blogging.

Creative Nonfiction Boot Camp

Write every day. No matter what.

Foundations of Creative Nonfiction - Curriculum A & B

Perfect for writers who are new to the genre, or anyone who wants to brush up on the basics.

Introduction to Nonfiction Podcasting

Produce a powerful audio narrative story that can stand alone or be the first in a series of podcasts.

Magazine Writing

Become a "fly on the wall" in our immersion journalism course. Students learn to observe, interview, and intimately explore their subject to craft a magazine-ready piece.

Narrative Medicine

Designed specifically for medical professionals to learn the basics of narrative writing. We know you have work stories to tell--we'll help you craft them.

Revision Workshop

Get past that first draft and start editing. Work on the large scale (structure, voice) and small scale (style and language choices) to get your story ready for the world.

Selling Your Work: A Writer's Guide

Gain insight into the world of publishing and learn the skills necessary for corresponding with editors, submitting work for publication, applying for grants and writing residencies, and more.

Spiritual Writing

Find the balance between the personal and the powerful, and learn how to share your thoughts with readers of differing beliefs or traditions.

Travel Writing

The perfect post-vacation class (or reason to explore your own city). Hone your observation skills and get the world on the page through detail, scene and imagery.

Weekly Workshop 

Have an in-depth conversation about literary techniques and craft with a small group of writers every week. The course meets over video chat to discuss each student's work twice per term.

Writing the Nonfiction Book Proposal 

You've got a book idea or maybe you've even written the book--now what? Learn about the publishing process in this course and fine-tune your own proposal with an instructor who's been through it before.

Writing the Personal Essay - Curriculum A & B

Turn your anecdotes into moving essays with facts, characters, and detail.

Writing the Tough Stuff

Learn the nuances of writing about grief, loss, and pain, and how to approach tough topics in your own writing.

Learn more about all of our classes here.