How to Write Angry, Honestly

Intermediate Level // 5-Week Online Course

How to Write Angry, Honestly

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January 11 - February 14

$260 if registered by 12/21/2020
$310 if registered after 12/21/2020

Your course registration includes a FREE 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or True Story magazine (US residents only), or a free ebook; more details here.

Refund, discount, and cancellation policies


Instructor: Sarah Cannon

Often, the stories we most want—and need—to tell involve difficult people or circumstances. We write about people from whom we’re estranged or whom (gulp) we hate, about unfair curveballs life throws us, about the times we were wronged (or times we were just wrong). Sounding off in a first draft can certainly be satisfying, and it can be tempting to use our writing to settle scores—but in most cases readers are put off by writing that feels like a hit job or a character assassination.

How can we remain true to our stories and our strong feelings, while also crafting stories that reach into the hearts of others? In this course, we’ll learn how to express our strong feelings with candor as well as compassion. We’ll also explore how the writing process can help us get closer to resolving complicated feelings and create meaningful work that helps us better understand the human condition.

Week 1: Follow the Heat
Week 2: Axe to Grind
Week 3: Love Thy Enemy
Week 4: It’s Your Choice
Week 5: Kindness is Free

See the complete syllabus here »

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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.


* US residents will receive a complimentary 1-year subscription to Creative Nonfiction magazine (4 issues) or True Story magazine (12-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.