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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Introductory
  • 11 Weeks

Creative Nonfiction I

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  • $550.00 Non-Member
  • $525.00 Member

Class Description

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. 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 use to tell true stories. 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:

Jo Ann Beard
Junot Diaz
Gloria Anzaldúa
Pico Iyer
Chang-rae Lee
Barry Lopez
Lucy Grealy
Jamaica Kincaid
Mark Doty

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 published. This class is ideal for novice writers or more experienced writers looking to delve into this ever-evolving and flourishing genre.

Note: No class on June 2; added class on June 16

This class is ideal for beginning writers who have taken Creative Nonfiction I or any previous formal writing workshop.

To learn more about instructor Eson Kim and her teaching style, take a listen to this short podcast with her in our GrubStreet Instructor Interview series:

Eson is also a columnist for the GrubStreet blog. Check out her blog column, Sound Skeins, for craft advice, author interviews, and more!

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply or find out more, check out our scholarships page.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!