Up Close: The Art of the Interview

5 Week Online Course

Up Close: The Art of the Interview

January 08 - February 11

$260 if registered by 12/18/2017
$310 if registered after 12/18/2017

Your course registration includes a free 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or a free ebook; click here for more details.

Refund and cancellation policies


Instructor: Rhonda Miller

This five-week online class will inspire you to take a fresh look at your writing and practice one of the most powerful elements of creative nonfiction – the in-person interview. Today, writers can access rivers of information on the Internet, but the ease of finding details can create a false sense that one can simply write without ever having to meet anyone for a conversation. Interviews can add layered depth to your writing. We’ll review examples of types of interviews and how they can enliven your essays, memoirs, books, op ed pieces, theater reviews, or book reviews.

How it works: Writers in this course will examine and discuss what makes a compelling interview. This is a hands-on course. There will be two assignments for in-person interviews, one to prime the pump and one that will force each participant to stretch their skills in interviewing, writing, analysis, editing, and rewriting. In addition to the two interviews, this course will require posting commentary and being engaged with other writers through an online class discussion board. There will be one optional video chat during the second week of the course. Reading and writing assignments will be given weekly and there is no need to be online at any particular time.

Week 1: Classic and Nontraditional Interviews
Week 2: Basics of Interviewing
Week 3: Working the Interviews
Week 4: On the Road and Into the Unknown
Week 5: Reality Check on Demand for Your Interview

See the complete syllabus here »

* US residents will receive a complimentary 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction with their online class registration (or a 4-issue extension to their existing subscription). Students outside the US can receive a free copy of the ebook Creating Nonfiction, or can choose to receive a 4-issue print subscription for the cost of shipping fees. We regret that we are not able to supply complimentary digital subscriptions for international students at this time.

If you are an international student who would like a print subscription instead of an ebook, please contact us at information@creativenonfiction.org after you register.

Refund and cancellation policies

By 5pm EST on the Monday before classes begin (one week prior to start date):

  • Students may request a refund (less a $50 application fee) or request a transfer to another course in the same term (no fee).

By 5pm EST on the Friday at the end of the first week of classes:

  • Students may transfer their enrollment credit to a future course (less a $95 processing fee for 10-week courses or a $75 processing fee for 5-week courses). Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date.
  • Students may switch to another class in the same term (subject to availability) for a $25 fee.

No refunds or transfers will be offered after this deadline.