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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 summer 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

Summer Online Classes 

July 1 - August 4

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.

Digital Storytelling »

Instructor: Marissa Landrigan
Discover ways to use digital communication technologies to enhance the inherent connective power of creative nonfiction.

Historical Narratives » 

Instructor: Marty Levine 
Bring the past to life! Get insight into how to translate facts and research into vivid characters and scenes!

Spiritual Writing » 

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

Summer Boot Camp »

Instructors: Rhonda J. Miller, Ploi Pirapokin or Waverly Fitzgerald
You want to do it. You mean to do it. You’re going to do it! Ensure that you will get around to that summer writing by joining.

The Space Between: Writing from Photographs » NEW!

Instructor: James Polchin
Explore the rich possibilities of drawing on photographs that intrigue, haunt, or prompt forgotten memories and experiences.


INTERMEDIATE —suggested prerequisites. 
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.

Eureka! Science Writing »

Instructor: Chelsea Biondolillo
Gain writing and research skills—everything from general literary techniques to interviewing and fact-checking—that will help you craft engaging nonfiction about scientific discovery, research, and policy.

Experimental Forms »

Instructor: Meghan O'Gieblyn
Explore new structures, hybrid forms, and nonstandard narrative perspectives, and discover a variety of strategies for innovation in nonfiction writing.

Flash Essay »

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

Writing the Lyric Essay: When Poetry & Nonfiction Play » NEW!

Instructor: Joanna Cooper
Whether you are an aspiring essayist interested in infusing your work with fresh new possibilities, or a poet who wants to try essay, this course will have room for you to experiment and play.

Zen of Process » NEW!

Instructor: Sarah Cannon
As you connect and synthesize your ideas, you’ll see how a strong voice and structure emerge in your work—elements that, ultimately, make readers want to turn pages.



ADVANCED—required prerequisites 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 either Writing the Personal Essay or Memoir and Personal Essay course); or 2) you have an MFA in creative nonfiction; or 3) you have published widely. 

We offer advanced courses fall, winter, and spring term.


Self-Guided // 4-Week Online Course 

May 13th - June 9th
It’s never too late to start!
Enrollment is OPEN through June 3rd

The Good Place: Crafting Setting & Landscape »

Whether you’re writing narrative journalism, memoir, or personal essays, a richly felt space/place can add depth or intrigue. In this generative workshop, you will write a portrait of a place, either natural or man-made, with an emphasis on depth, mood, and researched accuracy.  

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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If your question is not answered in the Frequently Asked Questions, please contact Sharla Yates, Director of Education, at yates[at]creativenonfiction[dot]org.