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Writing from Photographs

Self-Guided // 4-Week Online Course

Writing from Photographs

March 04 - April 01

It’s never too late to start!
Enrollment is OPEN through March 25th

Refund and cancellation policies

Since 2011, Creative Nonfiction’s online courses have helped thousands of writers tell their stories better. Let us help you stay motivated and inspired through our self-guided course!

Often, as nonfiction writers, we start with memories and experiences. But memories are incomplete—and can be inaccurate. For this reason, writers sometimes rely on photographs as a type of evidence or proof. But a photograph is a complicated artifact—an object, an image, a memory touchstone. Drawing on photographs that intrigue, haunt, or prompt forgotten memories, this course explores the rich possibilities of the space between photograph and experience.

This course will offer new approaches for students at all levels—from those looking for inspiration to those working through an ongoing project. Plus, writing from photographs can make the work of starting a piece of writing easier by giving you a concrete moment to describe, reflect, and expand on. Description is both showing and telling, and the process of describing can open up a whole world.

Each week provides:

  • PROMPTS to help you generate new writing
  • INSPIRATION in the form of written lectures and a selection of readings

After the course closes: you will receive a zip file containing all of the work you developed during the month. You’ll also continue to be a member of our Creative Nonfiction Writing Classes' Community Page. With this membership, you will be able to share writings and calls for submissions, recommend books, and stay connected with other writers.

Week 1: Images and Stories
Week 2: Incomplete Photographs
Week 3: Finding the Focus
Week 4: Developing the Draft
Week 5: Critique and Revision


See the complete syllabus here »
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Refund and cancellation policies

After 5pm EST March 5th no refunds or credit transfers can be issued.