Online Classes

Join CNF's growing online writing community.

Since 2011, Creative Nonfiction's online classes have helped thousands of writers from all over the world tell their stories better. Check out our fall course offerings.

Our 5- and 10-week classes offer firm deadlines, a flexible schedule that fits your needs, and feedback to help you keep writing and improving your work. And the small class sizes (no more than 14 students per class) help foster community and connection. 

Whether you're just starting out or are looking for an advanced class to help you refine and polish your work, we have a course for you. Classes are offered Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer term.

See what past students have to say about our growing writing community; read some publishing success stories from our students; learn more about our instructors; and see a complete list of our past classes.


Self-Guided Course

August 3rd - 31st


Writing Beyond the Known: Exploring the Possible through Speculative Nonfiction »

Learn to use a variety of techniques to map the territories of inner worlds and the possibilities of the world we share.


Fall Online Classes 

September 07 - November 15

Note: We offer three levels of online courses: FundamentalsIntermediate,and Advanced.


FUNDAMENTALS—open to all levels.
Our fundamentals courses are designed for those who are new to writing or new to creative nonfiction as well as those who could benefit from a back-to-basics review on how to effectively and intentionally use elements of the writer's craft.

Creative Nonfiction Boot Camp  (5- or 10-week) »

Instructors: Michael Busk and Bridgette Shade
Kick-start your writing with our most popular class. Start that long-delayed project, develop essential writing habits with daily writing prompts, and reach your goals.

Foundations of Creative Nonfiction »

Instructor: Ploi Pirapokin
Your introduction to the genre. Learn how literary techniques can help you turn bare facts and memories into compelling personal and journalistic essays.

Introduction to Audio Storytelling & Podcasting »

Instructor: Rhonda Miller
Podcasting is the new blogging—an easy, effective way to share information or personal stories with a wide audience. Learn how to write, record, and produce a powerful audio narrative that can stand alone or be the first in a series of podcasts.

Honest to Goodness: Introduction to Writing the Food Memoir » 

Instructor: Jessica Kehinde Ngo
No genre is more powerful at examining what nourishes and sustains us than the food memoir.

Thirty-Minute Memoir »

Instructor: Joelle Fraser
Manageable daily writing assignments will help you break down the task of writing a memoir.


INTERMEDIATE —prerequisites suggested. 
Our intermediate courses are designed for writers who have some experience either in the genre or CNF's courses. Past course participation is not required but we do recommend starting with one of our fundamentals courses, especially Foundations of Creative Nonfiction.

Flash Essay »

Instructor: Jenna McGuiggan
Distill experiences, big or small, into their purest essence.

Magazine Writing »

Instructor: Marty Levine
Practice all the skills you need to craft a longform article: conducting interviews; doing in-depth, immersive reporting; constructing scenes; defining characters; and employing dialogue artfully.

Memoir and Personal Essay: Beyond the Basics » 

Instructor: Jonathan Callard
Tackle a big writing project in this class intended for writers who are ready to take their writing to the next level.

The Building Blocks of the Personal Essay »

Instructor: Meghan O'Gieblyn
Learn the building blocks of writing a personal essay and connect your experiences to larger truths about our world.

NEW! Writing for Change: The Study and Craft of Environmental Writing »

Instructor: Michelle Lanzoni
In our age of accelerated climate change, extreme weather events, and increased risks to food/water security, it is crucial to communicate environmental issues with urgency, clarity, and skill.

Writing the Lyric Essay: When Poetry & Nonfiction Play »

Instructor: Joanna Cooper
Experiment with form and explore the possibilities of this flexible genre.


ADVANCED—prerequisites required for enrollment. 
Our advanced courses are for writers who meet one of the following qualifications: 1) you have completed two previous courses with Creative Nonfiction (one must be an intermediate level course); or 2) you have an MFA in creative nonfiction; or 3) you have published widely. 

Advanced Memoir: From First Sentence to Resolution »

Instructor: Kase Johnstun
Refine and refresh work in progress and take up the challenges of longer sections and full-length manuscripts.

Advanced Personal Essay: Finding a Way Through »

Instructor: Peter Mountford
Transform actual people and events into characters and plot elements, and turn your personal anecdotes into publishable essays.

Advanced Science Writing »

Instructor: Chelsea Biondolillo
Take a deep dive into the structure and narrative arcs of writing excellent science essays and address ethics, revision, and marketing your work.



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 education, Sharla Yates, at yates[at]creativenonfiction[dot]org.

Is there a course that you'd like to take that isn't being offered? You can request a course here and we'll notify you when it's being offered again.

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