Foundations of Creative Nonfiction A

10-Week Online Class

Foundations of Creative Nonfiction A

Sep 11 -  Nov 19 

$425 if registered by 08/21/2017
$475 if registered after 08/21/2017

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


Instructors: LaTanya McQueen or Michael Reid Busk

This ten-week online class will introduce writers to the fundamentals of creative nonfiction, exploring both the techniques used to gather information and the literary skills needed to turn bare facts into personal and compelling essays. Participants will learn the basics of interviewing, immersion, research, and other reporting skills, will write three different types of essays, and will receive feedback on their work from the instructor and from each other.

Week 1: What is CNF?
Week 2: Research Techniques for Memoir
Week 3: Writing Memoir/Personal Essays
Week 4: Research Techniques for Interviewing
Week 5: Research Techniques for Immersion
Week 6: Writing the Immersion or Profile Essay
Week 7: Characterization and Ethics
Week 8: Research Techniques for the “Fact-Heavy” Essay
Week 9: Writing the “Fact-Heavy” Essay
Week 10: Revision

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 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.