I to Eye: Integrating Research into the Personal Essay

5 Week Online Course

I to Eye: Integrating Research into the Personal Essay

January 08 - February 11

$260 if registered by 12/18/2017
$310 if registered after 12/18/2017

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

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Instructor: Suzanne Cope

Have you wanted to take your essays beyond the personal? Perhaps integrate a researched or reported element or break into a new media publication? In “I to Eye” we explore the in-between of journalism and essay writing – sometimes called "personal journalism" or personal narrative woven with research or other reporting. Over this five-week course we will look at examples in the media and practice writing in variations of this form, finishing with a brief overview of how to pitch this genre.

Whether you have an idea for integrating research into a finished essay, or want to an introduction to the possibilities of personal journalism, this course will provide options for approaching your piece and guide you to toward a first and revised draft.

We’ll start by reading and discussing published pieces of creative nonfiction on the spectrum of “I” to “eye”, looking at the various ways research and other points of view can add perspective and meaning to a piece. And through low stakes assignments and exercises, we’ll practice these different techniques, moving toward a draft of a researched essay. Each week we’ll have an exercise that practices a different approach to the “eye”, and scaffolded prompts that support the writing of your draft.  This course will culminate in a workshop of a first draft as well as a brief discussion of options for pitching and publishing personal journalism.

Week 1: Identifying the I and the Eye
Week 2: Researching the Threads
Week 3: Tying It Together
Week 4: Draft One
Week 5: Critique, Revision, & Pitching

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):

  • 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.