Spiritual Writing

10-Week Online Class

Spiritual Writing

September 11 - November 19

$425 if registered by 8/21/2017
$475 if registered after 8/21/2017

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


Instructor: Jessica Griffith

In this 10-week course, we will read spiritual writing from authors of various backgrounds and traditions, some religious, some not. My context is Roman Catholicism, which also has the benefit of a rich literary canon, so often the readings will reflect my context. But even within this context I will strive to include as many different points of view as possible within our short time together, to demonstrate the flexibility and potential of this subgenre within a subgenre. Some of the examples we read may not seem conventionally spiritual at all—at least not at first. We’ll read some classics of creative nonfiction alongside contemporary essays, blog posts, prayer journals, reviews, and magazine stories. We’ll talk about many of the different ways that writing can be spiritual—not just in content but in form and practice.

We’ll also write three short essays that will help us, if not to answer the big existential questions, then at least to formulate them and test them against our own experiences. We’ll start to stake out our own territory in a genre that dates to antiquity. 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
Week 4: Ordinary Time
Week 5: Writing about Rituals, and Rituals that Help Us Write
Week 6: Spirituality of Place
Week 7: The Spirituality of Media
Week 8: Writing (and Reading) as Prayer, Tribute, Eulogy
Week 9: The Spirituality of Work
Week 10: Finding Your Market

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 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.