Spiritual Writing

10-Week Online Class

Spiritual Writing

April 3 - June 12

$425 if registered by 3/13/2017
$475 if registered after 3/13/2017

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


Instructor: Jessica Griffith

Throughout this ten-week course, participants will read essays and memoirs in the spiritual writing genre and discuss how to write evocatively about personal transformations and everyday encounters in a way that matters to an audience of differing beliefs and traditions. Lectures will explore a number of craft techniques, with a focus on how to see the world through the “lens” of the spiritual and to mine past experiences for metaphysical truths. Writers from all backgrounds and faiths are welcome. 

Week 1: Discovering the "Soul"
Week 2: The Soul and the Voice
Week 3: Epiphanies and Smackdowns: Telling Stories about Transformative Moments
Week 4: Writing about Rituals and Rituals that Help Us Write
Week 5: Ordinary Time: The Spirituality of the Profane
Week 6: Spirituality of Place
Week 7: The Spirituality of Media: Art, Film, Music, Podcasts, Bingewatching
Week 8: Writing (and Reading) as Prayer
Week 9: The Spirituality of Work
Week 10: Finding Your Market: On Publishing Spiritual Writing

* 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 spindler@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.