Creative Nonfiction I

$570.00
Members
$595.00
Non-members
10 Fridays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, starting September 15th
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Level: Introductory
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What defines creative nonfiction? Writers can’t even agree on the name: “Few seem willing to embrace the term,” writes essayist and memoirist Dinty W. Moore, “though by this point, almost everyone uses it.” And yet, the fundamentals of creative nonfiction are as old as Montaigne, and the genre has thrived in recent decades—from the tell-all memoirs of Mary Karr to the online personal essay boom. More readers are feeling “reality hunger,” it seems, craving stories based in fact.
 
In this course, we’ll explore what creative nonfiction is, what it isn’t, and what it might be, examining a mix of published nonfiction works—personal essays, memoirs, lyric essays, narrative journalism—to better understand the array of styles and approaches writers bring to true stories they tell. Focusing on voice, details, perspective and language, we’ll analyze work that fits neatly within nonfiction norms as well as boundary-pushing work that lives on the fringe, and apply this craft awareness to our own writing. Authors may include:   
 
Hilton Als
Eula Biss
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Brian Doyle
Roxane Gay
Leslie Jamison
Margo Jefferson
Maxine Hong Kingston
Maggie Nelson
Mary Roach

During ten weeks of class, students will submit at least two manuscripts up to fifteen pages each, and learn to critique the work of their peers. You’ll gain a strong foundational knowledge of creative nonfiction, along with a sense of its possibilities and where such work is being published. This class is ideal for novice writers or more experienced writers looking to delve into this ever-evolving and flourishing genre.

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply, click the "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button in the top right corner of this pageIn order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your scholarship application and await our Scholarship Committee's decision before registering for the class. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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Instructor

E.B. Bartels
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Previous Students Say

  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Generative"
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Elements

  • Writing Homework
  • Reading Homework
  • Workshop
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons

Genre

  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction

Commitment Level

Medium

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