Experimental Forms

5-Week Online Class

Experimental Forms

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

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Instructor: Barrett Swanson

What are the limits of creative nonfiction? At what point does an essay leave the world of fact and enter the realm of fiction or poetry? Are the borders between these genres rigid and unyielding, or are they porous? How can a writer move seamlessly between them during the course of a single essay in order to communicate more effectively the complexity of his or her experience?

In this class, we will explore a variety of strategies for innovation in nonfiction writing. We’ll study new exhilarating developments in the genre, encountering the work of many contemporary practitioners of the craft, and discuss which subjects lend themselves to these cutting-edge techniques. Participants will learn about experimental structures, hybrid forms, and nonstandard narrative perspectives. Class members will write two short 500 word vignettes and one 3,000 word essay.

Week 1: Experimental Structures—Breaking the Rules
Week 2: Hybrid Forms—Incorporating Other Genres
Week 3: Nonstandard Narrative Perspectives—Letting go of First Person
Week 4: Revision—Recalibrating the Methods of your Experiment
Week 5: Publishing

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 spindler@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.