Digital Storytelling

5-Week Online Class

Digital Storytelling

June 26 - July 31

$250 if registered by 6/5/2017
$300 if registered after 6/5/2017

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: Marissa Landrigan

Are you intrigued by the potential of multimedia and/or digital storytelling? Learn how to create digital narratives through a combination of reading, viewing, and playing. This course provides plenty of opportunity for hands-on practice capturing and editing your own image, audio, and video stories, and using digital communication technologies to enhance (rather than distract from) the inherent connective power of creative nonfiction.

Students will need access to a digital camera and basic image-editing software, an audio recorder and sound editor, and a digital video recorder and video editor. Any smartphone or tablet will do the trick, as will any computer outfitted with a camera and microphone. Resources for apps to use and tech tutorials will be made available on the course site.

How it works: Each week starts with a video lecture (topics listed below) and a selection of multimedia readings. Throughout the week, participants will discuss the assigned works, respond to brainstorming prompts, and discuss writing or technical issues with each other and the instructor through an online discussion board. In weeks 2, 3, and 4, students will submit their own image, sound, and video mini-stories for instructor and peer review. There is no need to be online at any particular time of day.

Week 1: Storytelling in a Digital Age
Week 2: Every Picture Tells a Story
Week 3: Lights, camera, action! Finding scenes within research
Week 4: The Silver Screen
Week 5: Multimedia Storytelling

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 Matt Spindler at 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.