Extraordinary Embodiment: Writing Chronic Illness & Disability

5-Week Online Class

Extraordinary Embodiment: Writing Chronic Illness & Disability

Do you want to join the waitlist? Email yates@creativenonfiction.org

June 25 - July 30
$260 if registered by 6/4/2018
$310 if registered after 6/4/2018

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: Sonya Huber

Although illness and disability are universal human experiences, written works about these experiences can be narrowly categorized by publishers, editors, market forces and even reader expectations into “inspirational” narratives that limit our reflection and complex experience, shutting down our creative work and our inquiry. How do you write freely, understanding and pushing against the expected narratives that hold you back?

PLEASE NOTE: This class is limited to those who are writing about their own bodies and minds.

While the perspective of the caregiver and the family member is equally important, the issue of writing about others brings up a range of challenges that require their own attention. Therefore, the brevity of this class requires a focus, so this class is designed for those who have some experience with memoir and narrative essays and want to focus on writing about personal experiences with chronic illness and/or disability.

Week 1: Immersion in Flash Prose
Week 2: What Science Sees and Cannot See
Week 3: Shaping Longer Essays
Week 4: Resistance & Manifesto
Week 5: Experimental and Visual Forms

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 us at information@creativenonfiction.org after you register.

Refund and cancellation policies:

By 5pm EST on the Monday before classes begin (one week prior to start date):
You may request a refund (less a $50 application fee) or request a transfer to another course in the same term or future term (no fee).Transfer credits must be applied within two years of your cancellation date.

By 5pm EST on the Friday at the end of the first week of classes:
You may transfer your 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 of your cancellation date. You 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.