Writing the Tough Stuff
10-Week Online Class
Writing the Tough Stuff
September 10 - November 18
$435 if registered by 08/20/2018
$485 if registered after 08/20/2018
Your course registration includes a free 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or a free ebook; click here for more details.
Instructor: Melissa Petro
Everyone experiences personal difficulty at some point in their lives. As writers, we often find that we want to write about loss, grief, or trauma in order to both understand how our personal narrative has changed us, and to relate our changed self to the world. The course will present strategies for strong creative nonfiction writing about these subjects, and discuss cross-disciplinary research in creating trauma narratives. Each week will include a written lecture, specific reading recommendations tied to the lecture, and a writing assignment.
Week 1: Why Write About Grief, Loss, and Trauma
Week 2: Writing the Tough Stuff
Week 3: Creating Complicated Characters
Week 4: From Truth to Art
Week 5: So What?
Week 6: Language
Week 7: Integrating Research into our Writing
Week 8: What Happens When our Writing Meets the World?
Week 9: Revision
Week 10: Publishing, Practice & Everything Else
* US residents will receive a complimentary 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction magazine with their online course registration (or a 4-issue 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 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. If you prefer the ebook, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.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.