Why Creative Nonfiction?

As the voice of the genre, Creative Nonfiction has been offering online courses on the craft of creative nonfiction since 2011. With our focus solely on the genre of narrative nonfiction, each of our courses offers quality instruction, personalized feedback from a professional writer in the field, and opportunities to network with like-minded writers. To date, we’ve helped nearly 2,500 writers tell their true stories, better—and more than 50% of our students return to take more classes. 

At Creative Nonfiction, we believe that...

  • Your story is important, whether you’re an experienced writer or just starting out;
  • Writing is a craft, and, like all crafts, can be taught and learned; and
  • All writers benefit from feedback and a sense of connection.

What makes Creative Nonfiction different from other online programs?

Some online programs work on a “synchronous” model, which requires you to be online at an assigned time each week. The asynchronous model used in our classes means that you do not have to be online at any particular time of day, and can approach the class assignments at your own pace throughout the week based on your schedule. While some optional events, such as class video conferences, do take place at a specific time, the majority of class activities can be completed according to your schedule.

Intimate Classes
Classes are small—limited to 14 students per section—which means you’ll receive individual attention and feedback on your work.

Experienced Instructors
Good writing instructors not only need to be skilled writers, but also need to have experience in teaching what they know to others. That’s why all of our instructors are professional writers with extensive teaching experience.

Substantial and Meaningful Writing Assignments
Many online writing programs ask you to complete short writing exercises each week, and only near the end of the class are you invited to write a single essay or chapter. At Creative Nonfiction, we recognize the value of exercises, but also believe that completing an essay or chapter is the best way for developing writers to really explore how all the elements of creative nonfiction work together. Writing complete pieces also leaves you with a sense of accomplishment and with work that you can share when the class is completed. For this reason, in our classes you are invited to submit longer essays multiple times during a course. See course syllabus for more information.

Sense of Connection
We realize that it is difficult to find one’s writing community—which is why we now offer every new student membership to a Community Page where you can meet with other CNF students, during and after class.

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If your question is not answered in the Frequently Asked Questions, please contact Sharla Yates, Director of Education, at [email protected].


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