Zen of Process
Intermediate Level // 5-Week Online Course
Zen of Process
Want to be added to the waitlist? Email Yates[AT]creativenonfiction[DOT]org.
July 1 - Aug 4
$260 if registered by 6/10/2019
$310 if registered after 6/10/2019
Your course registration includes a free 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or a free ebook; click here for more details.
Instructor: Sarah Cannon
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” -- Steve Jobs
Storytelling is a basic human impulse. It sounds easy—and sometimes it is, once we tap into our deeper expressive power. The problem is not always finding the time to write, or even what to write, but how to make the connections with our material so that we can be true to our own unique perspectives.
In this class, you will learn how to recognize natural patterns and connections, and practice synthesizing them for top emotional impact. No matter the length of your project, this means asking questions about your narrator’s goals, your favored style, and yourself as a writer and human. You will have opportunities to experiment with making connections in your work without fear of consequences.
This isn’t about being the smartest or most intellectual writer, but it is about having the most heart and asking yourself the hardest questions. As you connect and synthesize your ideas, you’ll see how a strong voice and structure emerge in your work—elements that, ultimately, make readers want to turn pages.
Week 1: Smart with Heart
Week 2: Check Out This Pattern!
Week 3: Lies, Lies, Lies
Week 4: Hybrid, Lyrical, Fragments, Oh My!
Week 5: Syn·the·size
* 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):
You may request a refund (less a $50 application fee) or request a transfer to another course in the same term or future term (no fee).Transfer credits must be applied within two years of your cancellation date.
By 5pm EST on the Friday at the end of the first week of classes:
You may transfer your 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 of your cancellation date. You 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.