Environmental Writing

Intermediate Level // 5-Week Online Class

Environmental Writing

If you'd like to be added to a waitlist, please email our director of education, Sharla Yates, at yates[at]creativenonfiction[dot]org.

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: Michelle Lanzoni

In an age of accelerated climate change, extreme weather events, and increased risks to food/water security, the scope of environmental writing has expanded. Now, more than ever, it is necessary to communicate environmental issues with urgency, clarity, and skill. Good writing influences change.

Learn to use the tools of creative nonfiction, the observation of a naturalist, and the precision of a scientist to further develop your written work. Whether you are writing about climate change impacts or the forests you knew from childhood, this course will help you focus on the details and techniques that can help ground your writing in a specific place, while leaving room for all scales, from the molecular and elemental to the global.

This course is suited for science writers, journalists, memoirists, novelists, and short-story writers who practice creative nonfiction. It is for anyone looking to add elements of environmental writing to their repertoire. Within the context of your environmental subject, you will learn to craft a storyline and create a narrative arc. You will learn to utilize factual research, emotional appeal, and reflection to build a persuasive and compelling narrative.


Week 1: Place-Based Writing
Week 2: Crafting the Creative
Week 3: Environmental Writing on Transboundary Topics or Manufactured Items
Week 4: The Art of Persuasion
Week 5: Power of the Precise Word

See the complete syllabus here »

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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.