Experimental Forms

Intermediate Level // 5-Week Online Course

Experimental Forms

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

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Instructor: Meghan O'Gieblyn

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, you will explore a variety of strategies for innovation in nonfiction writing. You’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. You will learn about experimental structures, hybrid forms, and nonstandard narrative perspectives, writing 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

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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.

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* 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.