Digital Storytelling

Fundamentals Level // 5-Week Online Course

Digital Storytelling

June 29 - August 02

$260 if registered by 06/08/2020
$310 if registered after 06/08/2020

Your course registration includes a FREE 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction magazine (US residents only), or a free ebook; more details here.

Refund and cancellation policies


Instructor: Marissa Landrigan

Digital communication technologies have made new forms of storytelling more accessible and more global than ever before. Now, we can enhance our stories with image, sound, and movement,and anyone with a smartphone and an internet connection can upload and share their story.

This beginner’s course is designed to introduce you to the many possibilities of digital storytelling and help you get started on  making your own video essay. Through readings, viewings, and discussions, we'll explore how to stay grounded in the basic elements of creative nonfiction while developing multimedia stories.

This course takes a graduated approach to hands-on skills including capturing and editing your own images, audio, and video; each week will focus on one element of the video essay, giving beginners plenty of time to explore and allowing you to build on your work so that by the end of the course, you have a complete video essay. We'll also explore some venues for publishing video essays, and explore how digital technology can enhance (rather than detract from) the inherent connective power of creative nonfiction.

How it works:

Each week provides:

  • writing prompts and/or assignments
  • discussions of readings and other general topics with peers and the instructor
  • lectures and instruction

Some weeks also include:

  • opportunities to submit writing, image, sound, and video mini-stories for instructor and peer critique 

Technical requirements: You 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.

Week 1: Storytelling in a Digital Age
Week 2: Every Picture Tells a Story
Week 3: Scripting Your Story
Week 4: Listen Carefully
Week 5: The Silver Screen

See the complete syllabus here »

See schedule of all available classes »

Refund, discount, 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 5 pm on Friday of the first week of classes.

* Learn how to receive a "refer-a-friend" discount.


* US residents will receive a complimentary 1-year subscription to Creative Nonfiction magazine (4 issues) with their online course registration (or a year extension to their existing subscription). Students outside the US can receive a free copy of the ebook Creating Nonfiction: Lessons from the Voice of the Genre, or can choose to receive a 4-issue print subscription to Creative Nonfiction for the cost of shipping fees. We regret that we are not able to offer complimentary digital subscriptions for international students at this time.

If you are an international student who would like a print subscription, please click here to add the cost of shipping to your order total.