Foundations of Creative Nonfiction

Fundamentals Level // 10-Week Online Course

Foundations of Creative Nonfiction

April 12 - June 20

$435 if registered by 03/22/2021
$485 if registered after 03/22/2021


Instructor: Ploi Pirapokin

Creative nonfiction has become one of the fastest-growing genres in the literary and publishing community. It encompasses forms from memoir and personal essay to literary journalism, travel writing, and hybrid forms like the lyric essay, as well as many others. In this course, participants will get to experience working in a few of these subgenres by writing three essays of approximately 3,500 words. Each of the weekly lectures and readings will focus on a particular issue relevant to writing creative nonfiction, like how to go about conducting research, how to find and select subjects to write about, and how to use the scene building elements of craft to create memorable essays. There will also be optional writing exercises leading up to these larger assignments.

Week 1: An Overview of Creative Nonfiction
Week 2: Voice and Authenticity
Week 3: Particulars of Scene
Week 4: The Role of Research
Week 5: Participatory Journalism
Week 6: Writing About Other People
Week 7: Writing About Place
Week 8: Polemics
Week 9: Credibility and Fact-Checking
Week 10: Structure and Form

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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). You may also request a transfer (no fee) to another course in the same term or future term. Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date.

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.

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