Writing for Change: The Study and Craft of Environmental Writing

Intermediate Level // 10-Week Online Class

Writing for Change: The Study and Craft of Environmental Writing

September 07 - November 15

$435 if registered by 08/17/2020
$485 if registered after 08/17/2020

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

Refund, discount, and cancellation policies


Instructor: Michelle Lanzoni

In our age of accelerated climate change, extreme weather events, and increased risks to food/water security, it is crucial to communicate environmental issues with urgency, clarity, and skill.

Whether you are writing about climate change impacts or the forests you knew from childhood, this course will help you focus on the details and techniques that can help ground your writing in a specific place, while leaving room for all scales, from the molecular and elemental to the global. You’ll learn to use the tools of creative nonfiction, the observation of a naturalist, and the precision of a scientist to further develop your written work. You will learn to utilize factual research, emotional appeal, and reflection to build a persuasive and compelling narrative.

This course is suited for science writers, journalists, memoirists, novelists, and short-story writers— or anyone looking to add elements of environmental writing to their repertoire.

Week 1: Environmental Writing: The Classics
Week 2: Environmental Writing: Newer Work Grounded in Place
Week 3: Pacing and Scale
Week 4: Crafting the Creative
Week 5: Polishing Your Work
Week 6: Integrating Research
Week 7: The Art of Persuasion
Week 8: Transboundary Topics and Manufactured Items
Week 9: Power of the Precise Word
Week 10: The Future of Environmental Writing

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) 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.