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The 19 best online writing classes led by famous authors, including Malcolm Gladwell, Neil Gaiman, and Judy Blume
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- Strong communication and writing skills will help you succeed in any profession.
- Online classes are an affordable way to learn writing tips and receive feedback on your work.
- All the classes on this list are taught by award-winning writers with decades of experience.
Good writing skills can take you far (just take it from a business major who wormed her way into an editorial career). Strong written communication skills can help you land a job or move up in your career , but good writing doesn't come easily or instinctively to everyone. As with any skill, you won't get any better at writing simply by reading books or watching videos about it.
Online classes from e-learning platforms like MasterClass and Skillshare are affordable, flexible ways to not only learn the proper strategies but also practice and receive feedback on your writing. And who better to learn from than actual published authors, writers, and editors?
The following classes are all taught by accomplished, award-winning writers who have decades of experience in communicating ideas, telling stories, and captivating audiences. Some specialize in fiction, while others employ storytelling tricks to make even the driest facts shine.
If you see the word "creative" in the title, don't immediately dismiss the class. All the courses have valuable lessons to learn for making your writing more effective, whether you're in a creative industry or not.
19 writing classes taught by experienced authors, writers, and editors:
Neil gaiman's masterclass on the art of storytelling.
The teacher: Award-winning writer Neil Gaiman (" The Sandman ," " Coraline ," " American Gods ") has dabbled in everything from novels and comic books to film and audio theatre. The course: Gaiman covers the fundamentals of storytelling, from finding your voice to fleshing out your characters. The price: $180 ($15 per month) for an annual MasterClass membership.
Joyce Carol Oats' MasterClass on the Art of the Short Story
The teacher: Joyce Carol Oates is the author of over 58 novels (" We Were the Mulvaneys ," " Blonde ," " The Accursed "), as well as countless short stories, essays, and articles. She is also a former professor of creative writing at Princeton University .
The course: Oates' class helps students finetune their storytelling instincts for short story writing, from learning how to observe the world around them to nailing down structure and form.
The price: $180 ($15 per month) for an annual MasterClass membership.
Judy Blume's MasterClass on Writing
The teacher: Judy Blume's beloved children's books (" Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret ," " Superfudge ") have sold millions of copies, and Blume has written over 25 novels. She's also the recipient of the 2004 National Book Foundation medal for distinguished contribution to American letters, as well as numerous other awards.
The course: With a focus on writing for young readers, Blume's course dives into developing ideas, creating plot structure, and even pitching book ideas to editors, and even dealing with issues like rejection or censorship. The price: $180 ($15 per month) for an annual MasterClass membership.
N.K. Jemisin's MasterClass on Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing
The teacher: NK Jemisin, a Hugo Award winner for three consecutive years for her " Broken Earth " trilogy, is an an acclaimed science fiction and fantasy author. The course: Jemisin's course, geared towards sci-fi/fantasy writing, teaches students how to build a believable world from scratch (including macro and micro details), create characters that truly feel relatable even in fantastical settings, and find a literary agent. The price: $180 ($15 per month) for an annual MasterClass membership.
Creative Nonfiction: Write Truth with Style
The teacher: Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992 and is the author of eight books, including New York Times bestseller " Rin Tin Tin " and " The Orchid Thief ," which was later adapted into Spike Jonze's "Adaptation," (in which Meryl Streep portrayed Orlean). The course: The best nonfiction makes facts compelling and interesting to read, but it's not easy to do this. This course takes students through Susan Orlean's writing process, from finding a topic to making final edits, and helps them polish their own creative processes. The class project is a 1,000-word profile on someone you find mysterious. The price: Free with 14-day Skillshare trial; $8.25 per month or $19 per month after trial ends.
Malcolm Gladwell's MasterClass on Writing
The teacher: Malcolm Gladwell has written for "The New Yorker" since 1996. His fascinating books, which include " The Tipping Point ," " Blink ," and " Outliers " reveal the most unexpected insights into our world. "The Tipping Point" was named as one of the best books of the decade by Amazon customers, The A.V. Club, and The Guardian, and was Barnes & Noble's 5th bestselling nonfiction book of the decade.
The course: In 24 lessons, you'll learn how to find, research, and write stories that capture big ideas. This is Gladwell's first-ever online class, where he analyzes his own works to reveal his unique creative process. He also answers select student questions during virtual office hours.
Roxane Gay's MasterClass on Writing for Social Change and Creative Writing: Crafting Personal Essays with Impact
The teacher: On top of writing bestselling memoirs like " Bad Feminist " and " Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body ," Roxane Gay is a professor and New York Times columnist , making her as experienced an author as she is an educator. The course: If you want to see change in the world, strong storytelling skills can help you get there. Gay's MasterClass teaches you how to tap into your identity, figure out your voice, and write about emotionally hard subjects with care, so that you can get people on board with the broader visions you have for improving the world.
Roxane Gay also teaches a short Skillshare class on crafting impactful personal essays from start to finish. You can read a review of it here .
The price: $180 ($15 per month) for an annual MasterClass membership. Free with 14-day Skillshare trial; $8.25 per month or $19 per month after trial ends.
Daniel José Older's Storytelling 101: Character, Conflict, Context, Craft
The teacher: Daniel José Older is the bestselling author of the " Bone Street Rumba " urban fantasy series and the YA novel " Shadowshaper ." "Shadowshaper" was a "New York Times" Notable Book of 2015 and named one of Esquire's "80 Books Every Person Should Read." Older's short stories and essays have appeared in the Guardian, NPR, and a number of other sites. The course: This short 40-minute class breaks down the fundamentals of narrative storytelling and what makes a story different from a mere anecdote. Learn the "4 C's" of storytelling and see them in action in one of the teacher's own short stories. The fun final project is to write a short story about something that happened on a single block in your hometown over the course of one hour.
The price: Free with 14-day Skillshare trial; $8.25 per month or $19 per month after trial ends
Steven Heller's The Designer's Guide to Writing and Research
The teacher: Steven Heller writes the Visuals column for the "New York Times Book Review" and is the editor of the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design. A former "New York Times" art director , he is the author, co-author, or editor of over 170 books on design and popular culture , and also regularly contributes to design publications. The course: Geared towards designers, this course illuminates the parallels between writing and design. You'll learn about the professional importance of research and writing to designers today, best practices for developing your voice, and creative ways to communicate. The final project is a 500-word essay on an object in your wallet, bag, or pocket.
David Sedaris’s MasterClass on Storytelling and Humor
The teacher: If you want to inject your writing with a dash of comedy, David Sedaris — "The New Yorker" essayist and author of " Me Talk Pretty One Day ," " Calypso ," and " The Best of Me " — is one of the best people to teach you how to do it.
The course: Beyond covering tips and tricks for writing eye-grabbing openings and endings with huge payoffs, Sedaris also gives his advice on finding humor in the darkest moments of our lives.
Amy Tan's MasterClass on Fiction, Memory, and Imagination
The teacher: Most known for her bestselling novel " The Joy Luck Club " (which spent 40 weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list), Amy Tan is an inspiration to anyone who's started exploring their writing voice later in life — she started at age 33 and published her famed debut novel a mere few years later. Tan went on to write many other books, including " The Bonesetter's Daughter " and " The Kitchen God's Wife: A Novel ." The course: With a focus on utilizing your most powerful memories, this course teaches you how to find your voice as well as sharpen your story with compelling beginnings and endings. The price: $180 ($15 per month) for an annual MasterClass membership.
Shani Raja's Writing With Flair: How To Become An Exceptional Writer
The teacher: Shani Raja is a former Wall Street Journal editor who has written for The Economist, Financial Times, and Bloomberg News. He has also taught advanced writing skills to professionals and edited for leading global companies like Microsoft, IBM, and PwC. The course: Another bestseller from Shani Raja, this course promises to "dramatically improve the quality of your writing in as little as days or weeks" through a few key principles. Both new students and experienced writers have benefitted from the course, which teaches you how to sharpen your words and command the reader's attention.
Raja also has a Udemy course on the four levels of writing mastery .
The price: Both of Raja's Udemy courses are $109.99 each.
Margaret Atwood's MasterClass on Creative Writing
The teacher: Of " The Handmaid's Tale " fame, Margaret Atwood has been titled the "Prophet of Dystopia" for works such as " Oryx and Crake " and the "Handmaid's Tale" sequel, " The Testaments: A Novel ." The course: Atwood's MasterClass "covers the general points of interest for writers — how to get started, handle the middle of a story, develop characters, craft dialogue, and address writers' block — as well as more specific queries, like research and maintaining historical accuracy," according to Insider senior reporter Mara Leighton. You can read her full review of the course here . The price: $180 ($15 per month) for an annual MasterClass membership.
Simon Van Booy's The Writer's Toolkit: 6 Steps to a Successful Writing Habit
The teacher: Simon Van Booy's short story collection " Love Begins in Winter " won the 2009 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He has written two other short story collections as well as three anthologies of philosophy, and his work has been translated into over a dozen languages throughout the world. In 2013, he founded Writers for Children, a project that helps young people build confidence in their storytelling abilities through annual awards. The course: Writing should be approachable and fun, not torturous. By optimizing your space for your writing style, creating a daily writing routine, and acting on inspiration, you can build a long-term writing process to rely on for years to come. This short video course teaches you how.
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's Finding Your Writing Voice: How to Express Your Unique Self in Your Work
The teacher: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is a former Entertainment Weekly writer and current TV columnist for BBC Culture who has also written for The New York Times Book Review, Fast Company, New York's Vulture, and The Verge. She wrote the New York Times bestseller " Seinfeldia: The Secret World of the Show About Nothing that Changed Everything ." The course: You don't have to lose your unique personality when you write; in fact, it's what will make your writing stand out in the crowd. Using pop culture icons like Beyoncé and Britney Spears, the class discusses different voices and explores ways to take chances with your writing.
The price: Free with 14-day Skillshare trial; $8.25 per month or $19 per month after trial ends.
Salman Rushdie’s MasterClass on Storytelling and Writing
The teacher: Winner of the Man Booker Prize, Salman Rushdie is known for his mystical world-building and genre-bending plotlines as seen in books like " Quichotte ," " Midnight's Children ," and " Shame ."
The course: Rushdie provides tips on creating fleshed-out characters, believable surrealist worlds, and an air-tight plot. This is a great course for those who have lots of fantastical ideas but struggle to ground them into a cohesive story.
Clare Lynch's Writing With Confidence: Writing Beginner To Writing Pro
The teacher: Dr. Clare Lynch is a former Financial Times journalist who teaches academic writing and professional communication at the University of Cambridge. She has written for organizations like Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, and UBS and is the author of the business-writing blog Good Copy, Bad Copy . The course: Learn powerful principles that can be applied to all types of writing, including emails, speeches, news writeups, and even presentations. The course takes you through fundamentals from techniques to beat writer's block to lessons on getting readers hooked and creating a clear, persuasive angle.
The price: $109.99.
Joyce Maynard's Writing Your Story
The teacher: The author of 17 books (including novels and memoirs), Joyce Maynard has worked as a "New York Times" reporter and a contributor to outlets like NPR and "Vogue." Her books include " Labor Day ," " The Good Daughters ," and " Under the Influence ."
The course: Focusing on memoir writing, Maynard explains the difference between simply retelling events that happened to you and exploring your journey as a protagonist. She also covers some of the biggest questions that come up when writing about yourself, from what to cut to dealing with fears of judgment so that you can present a narrative that's authentic to readers.
The price: $89 for the course, or $11 per month for a CreativeLive membership.
Wesleyan University's Creative Writing Specialization
The teachers : Salvatore Scibona was named one of "The New Yorker's" "20 under 40: Fiction Writers to Watch" and is the author of 2008 National Book Award finalist " The End ," the research for which he conducted while on a Fulbright Fellowship.
Amy Bloom , author of two "New York Times" bestsellers and three collections of short stories, has written for "The New Yorker," "The New York Times Magazine," and "Vogue," among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award for Fiction. Her work has been translated into fifteen languages.
Brando Skyhorse is an Associate Professor of English at Indiana University in Bloomington who won the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2011 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction for his debut novel " The Madonnas of Echo Park ."
Amity Gaige is the author of three novels, " O My Darling ," " Sea Wife ," and " Schroder ," which was shortlisted for The Folio Prize in 2014. To date, "Schroder" has been published in eighteen countries.
The course: This specialization created by Wesleyan University consists of four courses (each taught by a teacher listed above) and covers elements of three major creative writing genres: short story, narrative essay, and memoir. It culminates in a challenging capstone project in which you'll draft, rewrite, and complete a substantial original story in the genre of your choosing. The price: Free with 7-day Coursera trial; $49 per month to keep learning after trial ends.
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Drawing Inspiration from the Visual
This one-day course provides aspiring and emerging writers with techniques for thinking and writing about visual art and opportunities to engage with visual aids to improve their writing. Through a series of case studies, exercises and prompts, participants will gain an understanding of the interplay between visual art and literature.
Prerequisites: No prerequisites
Course length: 1 (3 hours)
Class size: 15
Start date: November, 2023
Bringing Characters to Life
In this workshop with author Kirsten Tranter, we will discover ways to fully imagine your characters and bring them to life through dialogue, action and interaction with other characters and their environments. Characters do not need to be “likeable” in order to engage a reader’s attention, but they must be complex and convincing enough to make their conflicts matter to us.
Class size: 20
Workshop: Character Development & Progression
Join us for a transformative experience that will empower you to breathe life into your characters and take your readers on an unforgettable journey. This is the workshop you’ve been waiting for to unleash your storytelling potential. Crafting Compelling Characters and Mastering Story Progression is the key. Secure your spot now and let the writing adventure begin!
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Reedsy’s flagship writing course, How to Write a Novel, demystifies the writing process so that writers of all levels, backgrounds, and genres can bring their ideas to life. With over 90 video lessons, a supportive community, and weekly live events, this course will help you write the first draft of your novel in just 3 months.
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Descriptive language is a writer's most powerful tool for creating what John Gardner called the best fiction—a vivid and continuous dream. Readings and writing exercises will focus on the importance of specificity, how to deftly work with adverbs and adjectives, describing with all five senses, and how to effectively communicate emotion. Come prepared to write!
Start date: December, 2023
Pacing, Structure and Timelines in Fiction 8-Week Zoom Workshop
A foundation craft class for fiction writers seeking to learn or improve techniques on building an effective timeline and structure, or create vivid and well-paced scenes. Whether you are a seasoned writer or relatively new to writing, you've probably experienced moments of frustration which pulled you away from the work at hand for a day or a longer period of writer's block.
Class size: 10
Start date: January, 2024
Fictionalizing Your Life: 6-week Short Fiction Intensive with Ayelet Tsabari
Breathe life into your personal experiences while imagining the other possibilities of your life through fiction. This course is designed for emerging writers, aiming to introduce them to the world of short stories, and provide them with practical tools for crafting narratives based on personal experiences.
Prerequisites: Students should arrive to the first class with an idea for a non-fiction book in mind.
Class size: 16
The Nuts and Bolts of Novel Planning: Setup and Payoff
In novel planning, a focused plot can help achieve a story's much-needed forward momentum. This lecture-driven seminar will focus on various models of story structure with examples as well as the concept of "setup and payoff," which is integral to creating satisfying twists that are surprising but inevitable.
Class size: 12
Write Vividly in Any Genre
The workshop will include a light craft discussion, skill-based exercises, and generative writing prompts that allow you to put the embodied methods into practice. We will focus on how to fully connect with our characters, settings, and the behavior of conflict, therefore equipping you with the skills to mine all of the senses on the page and stage.
Prerequisites: For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.
Class size: 25
The Fab Five: Writing With the Senses
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How to choose a fiction writing class
Looking to build your writing skillset, learn more about your genre, or finally finish that fiction book you’ve been working on? You’re in the right place. That’s why we built this directory of the best writing courses.
However, creative writing classes aren’t one size fit all. If you’re planning to join a fiction writing class in particular, you’ll want to make sure that it matches what you’re seeking to learn about fiction writing.
So make sure to consider the following questions when you’re researching fiction writing courses:
- Who is the instructor? How many years of experience do they have in fiction writing?
- Is there something in particular you’d like to learn about writing fiction? Does this course include it?
- How long is the course, and where is it taught?
- How much does the fiction writing course cost? Does it fit into your budget?
More fiction writing resources
Whether you’re a new or established author, there are always evergreen resources out there to how to get a headstart on fiction writing.
Free online materials
- Creative Writing Prompts (resource)
- How to Self-Publish a Book (blog post)
- How to Publish a Novel (blog post)
- How to Edit a Book (blog post)
- For writers in the UK: Writers' & Artists' Yearbook
- For writers in the US: Writer’s Market 2020
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Advanced Fiction Writing
When you have a talent and a passion for writing, it's important to share it. This course will provide you with the formula for creating and polishing a successful fiction manuscript and getting it published.
Do you have a story idea but aren't sure how to begin? Do your friends say you write well, but you're not sure how to get started on that first book? Do you have a manuscript, or parts of a manuscript, and need to know how to polish it for publication?
In this course, you'll explore all the topics a writer needs to create a successful manuscript, including story structure, plot, character, dialogue, setting, suspense, conflict, action, viewpoint, tense, and even how to get published. Each lesson includes an assignment that will help you develop or polish your manuscript. You will explore the essential techniques that are often overlooked in a clear, step-by-step fashion. After completing this course, you will never look at fiction writing the same way again!
Lesson 1 - story structure, lesson 2 - plot templates, lesson 3 - character development, lesson 4 - viewpoint, voice, and tense, lesson 5 - setting, lesson 6 - advanced scene and sequel, lesson 7 - conflict, action, and suspense, lesson 8 - dialogue, lesson 9 - beginnings and endings, lesson 10 - symbols, metaphors, and writing big, lesson 11 - bring your story to life, lesson 12 - self-editing, submission, and marketing.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader .
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
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Steve is the published author of a wide range of fiction and nonfiction works. During the past decade, he has helped more than 30,000 students turn their story ideas into reality, with many of his students publishing novels they developed in his classes. His books include A Matter of Justice, Everything In Its Path, Molly Builds a Theme Park, How to Fix Your Novel, Theme Park Design, and Write Your Life Story.
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Department of English
M.f.a. creative writing.
Physical Address: 200 Brink Hall
Mailing Address: English Department University of Idaho 875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102 Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102
Email: [email protected]
Thank you for your interest in the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Idaho: the premier fully funded, three-year MFA program in the Northwest. Situated in the panhandle of Northern Idaho in the foothills of Moscow Mountain, we offer the time and support to train in the traditions, techniques, and practice of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. Each student graduates as the author of a manuscript of publishable quality after undertaking a rigorous process of thesis preparation and a public defense. Spring in Moscow has come to mean cherry blossoms, snowmelt in Paradise Creek, and the head-turning accomplishments of our thesis-year students. Ours is a faculty of active, working writers who relish teaching and mentorship. We invite you in the following pages to learn about us, our curriculum, our community, and the town of Moscow. If the prospect of giving yourself three years with us to develop as a writer, teacher, and editor is appealing, we look forward to reading your application.
A Decade Working in a Smelter Is Topic of Alumnus Zach Eddy’s Poems
The region surrounding the University of Idaho is the ancestral land of both the Coeur d’Alene and Nez Perce peoples, and its campus in Moscow sits on unceded lands guaranteed to the Nez Perce people in the 1855 Treaty with the Nez Perce. As a land grant university, the University of Idaho also benefits from endowment lands that are the ancestral homes to many of the West’s Native peoples. The Department of English and Creative Writing Program acknowledge this history and share in the communal effort to ensure that the complexities and atrocities of the past remain in our discourse and are never lost to time. We invite you to think of the traditional “land acknowledgment” statement through our MFA alum CMarie Fuhrman’s words .
Three years to write.
Regardless of where you are in your artistic career, there is nothing more precious than time. A three-year program gives you time to generate, refine, and edit a body of original work. Typically, students have a light third year, which allows for dedicated time to complete and revise the Creative Thesis. (48 manuscript pages for those working in poetry, 100 pages for those working in prose.)
Our degree requirements are designed to reflect the real-world interests of a writer. Students are encouraged to focus their studies in ways that best reflect their artistic obsessions as well as their lines of intellectual and critical inquiry. In effect, students may be as genre-focused or as multi-genre as they please. Students must remain in-residence during their degrees. Typically, one class earns you 3 credits. The MFA requires a total of 54 earned credits in the following categories.
12 Credits : Graduate-level Workshop courses in Fiction, Poetry, and/or Nonfiction. 9 Credits: Techniques and Traditions courses in Fiction, Poetry, and/or Nonfiction 3 Credits : Internships: Fugue, Confluence Lab, and/or Pedagogy 9 Credits: Literature courses 12 Credits: Elective courses 10 Credits: Thesis
Flexible Degree Path
Students are admitted to our program in one of three genres, Poetry, Fiction, or Nonfiction. By design, our degree path offers ample opportunity to take Workshop, Techniques, Traditions, and Literature courses in any genre. Our faculty work and publish in multiple genres and value the slipperiness of categorization. We encourage students to write in as broad or focused a manner as they see fit. We are not at all interested in making writers “stay in their lanes,” and we encourage students to shape their degree paths in accordance with their passions.
What You Study
During your degree, you will take Workshop, Techniques, Traditions, and Literature courses.
Our workshop classes are small by design (typically twelve students or fewer) and taught by core and visiting MFA faculty. No two workshop experiences look alike, but what they share are faculty members committed to the artistic and intellectual passions of their workshop participants.
Techniques studios are developed and taught by core and visiting MFA faculty. These popular courses are dedicated to the granular aspects of writing, from deep study of the poetic image to the cultivation of independent inquiry in nonfiction to the raptures of research in fiction. Such courses are heavy on generative writing and experimentation, offering students a dedicated space to hone their craft in a way that is complementary to their primary work.
Traditions seminars are developed and taught by core and visiting MFA faculty. These generative writing courses bring student writing into conversation with a specific trajectory or “tradition” of literature, from life writing to outlaw literature to the history of the short story, from prosody to postwar surrealism to genre-fluidity and beyond. These seminars offer students a dynamic space to position their work within the vast and varied trajectories of literature.
Literature courses are taught by core Literature and MFA faculty. Our department boasts field-leading scholars, interdisciplinary writers and thinkers, and theory-driven practitioners who value the intersection of scholarly study, research, humanism, and creative writing.
We teach our classes first and foremost as practitioners of the art. Full stop. Though our styles and interests lie at divergent points on the literary landscape, our common pursuit is to foster the artistic and intellectual growth of our students, regardless of how or why they write. We value individual talent and challenge all students to write deep into their unique passions, identities, histories, aesthetics, and intellects. We view writing not as a marketplace endeavor but as an act of human subjectivity. We’ve authored or edited several books across the genres.
Learn more about Our People .
The MFA experience culminates with each student writing and defending a creative thesis. For prose writers, theses are 100 pages of creative work; for poets, 48 pages. Though theses often take the form of an excerpt from a book-in-progress, students have flexibility when it comes to determining the shape, form, and content of their creative projects. In their final year, each student works on envisioning and revising their thesis with three committee members, a Major Professor (core MFA faculty) and two additional Readers (core UI faculty). All students offer a public thesis defense. These events are attended by MFA students, faculty, community members, and other invitees. During a thesis defense, a candidate reads from their work for thirty minutes, answers artistic and critical questions from their Major Professor and two Readers for forty-five minutes, and then answer audience questions for thirty minutes. Though formally structured and rigorous, the thesis defense is ultimately a celebration of each student’s individual talent.
The Symposium Reading Series is a longstanding student-run initiative that offers every second-year MFA candidate an opportunity to read their works-in-progress in front of peers, colleagues, and community members. This reading and Q & A event prepares students for the third-year public thesis defense. These off-campus events are fun and casual, exemplifying our community centered culture and what matters most: the work we’re all here to do.
All students admitted to the MFA program are fully funded through Teaching Assistantships. All Assistantships come with a full tuition waiver and a stipend, which for the current academic year is roughly $15,000. Over the course of three years, MFA students teach a mix of composition courses, sections of Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGL 290), and additional writing courses, as departmental needs arise. Students may also apply to work in the Writing Center as positions become available. When you join the MFA program at Idaho, you receive teacher training prior to the beginning of your first semester. We value the role MFA students serve within the department and consider each graduate student as a working artist and colleague. Current teaching loads for Teaching Assistants are two courses per semester. Some members of the Fugue editorial staff receive course reductions to offset the demands of editorial work. We also award a variety of competitive and need-based scholarships to help offset general living costs. In addition, we offer three outstanding graduate student fellowships: The Hemingway Fellowship, Centrum Fellowship, and Writing in the Wild Fellowship. Finally, our Graduate and Professional Student Association offers extra-departmental funding in the form of research and travel grants to qualifying students throughout the academic year.
Distinguished Visiting Writers Series
Each year, we bring a Distinguished Visiting Writer to campus. DVWs interface with our writing community through public readings, on-stage craft conversations hosted by core MFA faculty, and small seminars geared toward MFA candidates. Recent DVWs include Maggie Nelson, Roger Reeves, Luis Alberto Urrea, Brian Evenson, Kate Zambreno, Dorianne Laux, Teju Cole, Tyehimba Jess, Claire Vaye Watkins, Naomi Shihab Nye, David Shields, Rebecca Solnit, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Susan Orlean, Natasha Tretheway, Jo Ann Beard, William Logan, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Gabino Iglesias, and Marcus Jackson, among several others.
Established in 1990 at the University of Idaho, Fugue publishes poetry, fiction, essays, hybrid work, and visual art from established and emerging writers and artists. Fugue is managed and edited entirely by University of Idaho graduate students, with help from graduate and undergraduate readers. We take pride in the work we print, the writers we publish, and the presentation of both print and digital content. We hold an annual contest in both prose and poetry, judged by two nationally recognized writers. Past judges include Pam Houston, Dorianne Laux, Rodney Jones, Mark Doty, Rick Moody, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Jo Ann Beard, Rebecca McClanahan, Patricia Hampl, Traci Brimhall, Edan Lepucki, Tony Hoagland, Chen Chen, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, sam sax, and Leni Zumas. The journal boasts a remarkable list of past contributors, including Steve Almond, Charles Baxter, Stephen Dobyns, Denise Duhamel, Stephen Dunn, B.H. Fairchild, Nick Flynn, Terrance Hayes, Campbell McGrath, W.S. Merwin, Sharon Olds, Jim Shepard, RT Smith, Virgil Suarez, Melanie Rae Thon, Natasha Trethewey, Philip Levine, Anthony Varallo, Robert Wrigley, and Dean Young, among many others.
Academy of American Poets University Prize
The Creative Writing Program is proud to partner with the Academy of American Poets to offer an annual Academy of American Poets University Prize to a student at the University of Idaho. The prize results in a small honorarium through the Academy as well as publication of the winning poem on the Academy website. The Prize was established in 2009 with a generous grant from Karen Trujillo and Don Burnett. Many of our nation’s most esteemed and celebrated poets won their first recognition through an Academy of American Poets Prize, including Diane Ackerman, Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Tess Gallagher, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Kimiko Hahn, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Gregory Orr, Sylvia Plath, Mark Strand, and Charles Wright.
Those selected as Centrum Fellows attend the summer Port Townsend Writers’ Conference free of charge. Housed in Fort Worden (which is also home to Copper Canyon Press), Centrum is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering several artistic programs throughout the year. With a focus on rigorous attention to craft, the Writers’ Conference offers five full days of morning intensives, afternoon workshops, and craft lectures to eighty participants from across the nation. The cost of the conference, which includes tuition, lodging, and meals, is covered by the scholarship. These annual scholarship are open to all MFA candidates in all genres.
This fellowship offers an MFA Fiction student full course releases in their final year. The selection of the Hemingway Fellow is based solely on the quality of an applicant’s writing. Each year, applicants have their work judged blind by a noted author who remains anonymous until the selection process has been completed. Through the process of blind selection, the Hemingway Fellowship Fund fulfills its mission of giving the Fellow the time they need to complete a substantial draft of a manuscript.
Writing in the Wild
This annual fellowship gives two MFA students the opportunity to work in Idaho’s iconic wilderness areas. The fellowship fully supports one week at either the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), which borders Payette Lake and Ponderosa State Park, or the Taylor Wilderness Research Station, which lies in the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. Both campuses offer year-round housing. These writing retreats allow students to concentrate solely on their writing. Because both locations often house researchers, writers will also have the opportunity to interface with foresters, geologists, biologists, and interdisciplinary scholars.
Idaho admitted its first class of seven MFA students in 1994 with a faculty of four: Mary Clearman Blew, Tina Foriyes, Ron McFarland (founder of Fugue), and Lance Olsen. From the beginning, the program was conceived as a three-year sequence of workshops and techniques classes. Along with offering concentrations in writing fiction and poetry, Idaho was one of the first in the nation to offer a full concentration in creative nonfiction. Also from its inception, Idaho not only allowed but encouraged its students to enroll in workshops outside their primary genres. Idaho has become one of the nation’s most respected three-year MFA programs, attracting both field-leading faculty and students. In addition to the founders of this program, notable distinguished faculty have included Kim Barnes, Robert Wrigley, Daniel Orozco, Joy Passanante, Tobias Wray, Brian Blanchfield, and Scott Slovic, whose collective vision, rigor, grit, and care have paved the way for future generations committed to the art of writing.
Situated in the foothills of Moscow Mountain amid the rolling terrain of the Palouse (the ancient silt beds unique to the region), our location in the vibrant community of Moscow, Idaho, boasts a lively and artistic local culture. Complete with independent bookstores, coffee shops, art galleries, restaurants and breweries, (not to mention a historic art house cinema, organic foods co-op, and renowned seasonal farmer’s market), Moscow is a friendly and affordable place to live. Outside of town, we’re lucky to have many opportunities for hiking, skiing, rafting, biking, camping, and general exploring—from nearby Idler’s Rest and Kamiak Butte to renowned destinations like Glacier National Park, the Snake River, the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, and Nelson, BC. As for more urban getaways, Spokane, Washington, is only a ninety-minute drive, and our regional airline, Alaska, makes daily flights to and from Seattle that run just under an hour.
For upcoming events and program news, please visit our calendar .
For more information about the MFA program, please contact us at: [email protected]
Department of English University of Idaho 875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102 Moscow, ID 83844-1102 208-885-6156
Class 2024 Year-Long Creative Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Project with Sun Yung Shin—Winter Online Cohort
Your life is a treasure, both utterly unique, never to be repeated again, and also undeniably part of the larger collective. This collective includes contemporary humanity, all our ancestors, as well as all existence in the cosmos. It also includes the unknowable future. Your creative nonfiction or memoir project can be a compelling container for the raw material of your life. Through writing it, you can learn what is most important for you to distill and share with a wider audience.
In this year-long course, you will find, refine, deepen your voice as you develop your craft skills in order to tell your stories and reflections in the most effective way you can.
How do we create energy, urgency, and emotions for the reader? How do we create forms that support the reader as they journey along with us through all kinds of experiences, ideas, and insights? We will dig in immediately and study from a wide variety of writers who have made artistic, ethical, and professional decisions in order to make the books they dreamt of, and which the world needed and needs. Through reading, writing, discussion, workshopping, and revision, you will focus on craft: credibility, tone, diction, imagery, description, scene, pacing, setting, time, summary, dialogue, inner monologue, flashback, revision, editing, and publishing.
We will visit with authors, agents, and publishing professionals to get our most pressing questions answered and to learn from their insights about the contemporary publishing market and writers’ considerations. By the time our year together is ended, you will have what you need to query agents, pitch to editors, and support your dream of sharing your work with readers.
Please see the Memoir/CNF Writing Project page at loft.org for program specifics and schedule.
One-on-one meetings with Sun Yung Shin will also be held over the course of the year. These include one introductory meeting before the program begins, and one manuscript consultation session with Sun Yung after the program concludes (and you submit your final manuscript) in December, 2024.
Your program orientation meeting is scheduled to take place Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at 6pm online via Zoom.
Your final public reading will be Tuesday, January 7, 2025, at 7pm online via Zoom. Log-in information for orientation and final reading will be provided via confirmation email.
Please enter your information below to register for the Year-Long Writing Project wait list and a staff member will be in touch soon with more details.
Thank you and happy writing!
Sincerely, Loft Education Staff
5 Reasons to Take an Online Creative Writing Class by Rose Atkinson-Carter
- 13 November 2023
Whether you’ve recently started your writing journey or have been experimenting with storytelling for years, there’s still a lot you could gain from taking a creative writing class. And thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to join a creative writing class from anywhere in the world, no matter which time zone you’re in.
If you’re currently on the fence about signing up for an online creative writing class, here are five reasons why you should consider joining one to help take your writing to the next level.
1. It’ll challenge you
While you can choose the writing classes you sign up for, you can’t choose any of the activities, prompts, or assignments — those are up to your instructor. You might be asked to write something completely out of your comfort zone, or even better, something you don’t know much about. Taking a creative writing class can push you to learn new things and let your imagination run wild. While conducting research, you might even discover new areas, topics, or genres of interest.
You could stick to what you know, continue writing what’s familiar to you, and never branch out, but where’s the fun in that?
2. It’ll motivate you to finish what you’ve started
When life gets busy, it’s easy to push certain things to the side, such as writing. If you’re someone who likes planning ahead and working with deadlines, a creative writing class might just be what you need to help you stay committed to whatever you’re working on.
Meanwhile, if you’re someone who leaves tasks to the last minute, an online class can still work in your favor — instead of saying “I’ll finish that piece later this week,” time pressure due to an assignment deadline can push you to finish what you’re working on much earlier than expected.
3. It’ll help you figure out your own unique writing voice
While taking a creative writing class, you’ll find that most instructors not only assign activities and give deadlines — they also share writing examples that they consider exemplary. For example, if you’re taking a crime fiction class, your instructor will provide files or links to well-written pieces in a wide range of writing styles and formats. Being exposed to different kinds of writing within a subgenre — especially those you don’t know much about — can help you develop a better sense of the writing styles that inspire and interest you.
You can think about writing every single day for decades, but if you don’t set your pen to paper often, your writing voice will never change. Only through dedicating time to reading and experimenting with different styles can you discover your own unique writing voice, regardless of whether you’re composing fiction , poetry , or non-fiction .
4. It’ll provide you with helpful feedback
Have you ever worked on a piece for so long that you can no longer tell what’s working and what isn’t? A creative writing class can help with that! Your instructor will provide useful comments on your writing, and in addition to completing different assignments, you and your peers will be asked to constructively critique each other’s work.
Having at least one other pair of eyes can do wonders — instead of spending too much time agonizing over your words, taking a step back and letting someone else attempt to pinpoint clunky lines, repetitive errors, and gaps and inconsistencies could be what you really need at the moment. And once you’re more aware of your areas of improvement, you can start addressing them to continue growing as a writer.
5. It’ll connect you with people from other parts of the world
With an online creative writing class, your cohort won’t be limited to just the people you know or live close to. Since most of these classes are available to anyone with an Internet connection, it’s very likely that you’ll interact with writers from diverse backgrounds and walks of life. These people can offer valuable insight and help you look at your writing from a different perspective or in a new light.
And if you really click with a few of your peers (or, if you’re lucky, all of them!), you can continue talking about writing and giving each other feedback long after your class is over. You might end up becoming part of a supportive, inspiring community that’ll push you to keep on going if you ever struggle with writer’s block or feel like giving up!
While writing is usually described as a solitary act, you don’t have to tackle it alone. Putting yourself out there and taking a writing class could help you meet fellow writers, bounce ideas around, and learn more about yourself. It might seem daunting at first, but who knows? A great online creative writing class might just be what you need to take your writing from good to amazing.
(c) Rose Atkinson-Carter
Rose Atkinson-Carter is a writer with Reedsy, a marketplace and blog that helps authors with figuring out how to hire a ghostwriter , how to design a book cover , how to use a book writing template , and more.
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Rose Atkinson-Carter is a writer with Reedsy, a marketplace and blog that helps authors with figuring out how to hire a ghostwriter, how to design a book cover, how to use a book writing template, and more.
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Upcoming Online Creative Nonfiction Writing Courses
November courses, where the diary ends and the essay begins, with shelby hinte.
Start a diary practice and turn it into a mode of writing personal essays in this generative journaling workshop.
Creative Nonfiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Personal Essay
The Wandering Heart: Tales of Connection
With giulietta nardone.
Wander through the rooms of your own life to discover stories of deep connection, reconnection or loss of connection and fashion your findings into stories suitable for blog posts, essays, short memoirs, short plays, scenes in screenplays, or chapters of novels.
Creative Nonfiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir
Show and tell: how to write captivating memoir and nonfiction, with brad wetzler.
Your true story of healing or transformation can captivate and empower your readers. Learn how to balance showing the vivid details of your own journey with telling the broader themes for readers to apply in their own lives.
Creative Nonfiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Personal Essay
Write into Mystery: Writing Flash Memoir on Wonder and the Unexplained
With joanna penn cooper.
We often encounter wonder, mystery, and the unexplained in our everyday lives. Turn those experiences into flash essays in this community-centered course.
Creative Nonfiction , Personal Essay
A writerly life: develop a writing routine that works for you.
What does a writer's life look like? Build a productive writing habit in this course for writers of all backgrounds.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story
Write Your World: Express Your Creativity through Article Writing, Blogging, and Essays
With rudri patel.
Want to write your world, your way? Join us for this six-week program on article writing, blogging, and essays.
Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Use Story and Premise Development for Writing Success
With jeff lyons.
The premise line is the only reliable tool that can tell you, BEFORE you start writing, whether or not your story will “work.” In this class participants will learn how to master the process of premise line development—the essential first step in any book or screenplay’s development process.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Stage and Broadcast
Food Writing: Meals And Manuscripts
With jennifer billock.
Do you love cookbooks, cooking, or reading anything about food? This food writing course is for you. With award winning writer Jennifer Billock.
Secrets & Confessions: Writing Deeply Personal Nonfiction
With margo steines.
In this fully anonymous class, we will write and share the secrets we hold closest to our chests, and turn those secrets into compelling creative nonfiction.
Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Telling True Stories
With nicole hardy.
How do you tell your stories beautifully and authentically? Learn the fundamentals of creative nonfiction with Nicole Hardy.
Creative Nonfiction , Memoir , Personal Essay
Observing What’s Vivid in Prose and Poetry
With marc olmsted.
Learn how to spotlight beauty through fresh, vivid, and surprising language, in this four week mindfulness writing course.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast
The Lyric Essay: Invitation to Play
With elizabeth winder.
Create dynamic, genre-bending works of musical prose in this playful and exploratory lyric essay workshop.
Writing Autobiographical Fiction
With jack smith.
Learn to depart from "what really happened," and write compelling fiction from your own life experiences.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Short Story
Creating the Visual Journal
With lissa jensen.
Go beyond narrow definitions of “journaling" to include visual images and let writing give what is seen a new voice. Surprise yourself.
Finding Inspiration in Dreams
With amy bonnaffons.
Our dreams are fertile fields of inspiration, meaning, and creativity. Learn how to use your dreams as doorways to future writing.
Next-Level Creative Nonfiction: Elevating Essays, Memoir, Travel Writing & Literary Journalism
With wendy call.
Elevate your memoir, travel writing, literary journalism, & lyric and personal essays.
The Heart Remembers: Writing About Loss
With charlotte maya.
How can we organize grief and loss into language? Honor your feelings and write moving essays in this heart-centered creative nonfiction class.
How to Firm Up the “Mushy Middle” of Any Story
Ensure a strong middle throughline for any story. Say goodbye to the "mushy middle," and hello to stories that work.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast
Tiny and True: Creating Flash Essays with Mindfulness
With susan barr-toman.
How do you tell the full truth in under 1,000 words? Learn the art of flash essays and write nuggets of wisdom in this tiny essay class.
Oral storytelling techniques for writing flash nonfiction, with corey rosen.
In this class, you'll harness the power of oral storytelling to craft exceptional pieces of written nonfiction.
Write Your Memoir in 12 Weeks
With blaise allysen kearsley.
Writing can be a solitary experience, but writing a full memoir takes energy, momentum, and moral support. Find all three in this memoir writing intensive.
Creative Nonfiction , Memoir
Writing About Family
Family is complicated, and so is writing about it. Navigate the complexities of writing about real relationships in this generative essay class.
Even Smaller: Adventures in Short-form Writing
With tina barry.
Less is more in this bite-sized writing class, where you'll learn how to tell complete stories under the tightest word counts.
Fiction , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story
From Memory: Writing Fiction or Memoir from Lived Experience
With chin-sun lee.
In this class, you'll use a nearly infinite resource—your own memory—to craft compelling fiction or nonfiction stories.
Writing the Memoir-in-Essays
Learn how to tell your story through the memoir-in-essays, a form that allows writers to interweave the facts of their lives in interesting and evocative ways.
The magic of flash nonfiction, with tamara dean.
Tell your stories quickly and stylishly in this short form creative nonfiction workshop, where you'll come away honing the magic of flash nonfiction.
The Lyric Essay
With gretchen clark.
Explore non-traditional and imaginative ways to tell your stories with this ten-week writing course online. Creative nonfiction teacher Gretchen Clark provides detailed feedback on weekly writing assignments that emphasize creative freedom.
Writing Our Grief: How to Channel Loss into Creative Expression
Writing about grief is a powerful healing tool. Turn pain into power in this personal essay course, with instructor Rudri Patel.
These online writing classes don’t currently have a next session on our calendar, but will soon. If you see a course you’re interested in, use the “I’m Interested” button to let us know, and we’ll follow up with you when the course is on our calendar next.
Want to reach us or our instructors with questions about our online writing courses? Contact us at [email protected] , or visit the contact form .
(Live Workshop) Dream Writing
With zining mok.
How can writers harness the power of dreams? Let your slumber supercharge your creativity in this three hour dream writing workshop.
Creative Nonfiction , Live Workshop , Memoir , Personal Essay
(Live Workshop) Get Clear on Your Story and Voice
With nadia colburn.
What is your story about? What is your voice? Whether you write poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, hone your writing in this 3 hour workshop.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Live Workshop , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story
(Live Workshop) Starting Off Right: How To Build A Blog, Grow An Audience & Make Money
With jessica festa.
When planned right, a blog allows you to share your passion and make money in the process. Learn how to build a blog in this one-day webinar.
Creative Nonfiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Live Workshop , Personal Essay
(Live Workshop) Writing Beginnings and Endings
With sarah aronson.
How do you write a story that's compelling to start and satisfying to finish? Sarah Aronson explains in this comprehensive one-day workshop.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Live Workshop , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Short Story
*Private Class | Embodied Writing: Improve Your Writing with Full-Body Creativity
With rosemary tantra bensko.
Have a grand time with specific physical exercises that honor your health, generate imaginative ideas, explore deeply and make your creative writing entertaining.
*Private Class | Embodied Writing: Somatic Practices to Improve Your Work
*private class | finding confidence in the braided essay: a craft and empowerment workshop for literary nonfiction.
Weaving your story with facts and research can help you craft a stronger essay. Tell your story with confidence in this empowering essay writing course.
*Private Class | Food Writing: Meals And Manuscripts
*private class | from pitch to publication: writing narrative journalism.
Explore literary journalism as a powerful means to share fascinating characters, stories, and perspectives. Learn all you need to start pitching, landing, and writing reported essays and features.
*Private Class | Story Lab: Writing Loglines That Sell
Your logline helps you query agents, market your book, and figure out the story itself. Hone your logline and set your book up for success in this two-part private Zoom workshop.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast
*Private Class | Telling the Stories Your Body Holds: Writing and Shaping Strong Personal Essays
With sarah herrington.
Where do essays come from? In this course, they come from the body. Learn how to start—and finish—powerful essays that begin inside the self.
*Private Class | The Literary Essay
With jonathan j.g. mcclure.
Explore the literary essay - from the conventional to the experimental, the journalistic to essays in verse - while writing and workshopping your own.
*Private Class | Using Bullet Journaling to Achieve Writing Goals
Looking to keep your writing goals organized? Make it happen in our bullet journaling course. Learn the art of the BuJo with Rudri Patel!
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast
*Private Class | Write Your World: Express Your Creativity through Article Writing, Blogging, and Essays
*private class | writing our grief: how to channel loss into creative expression, block buster: turbocharge your creativity with breakneck writing.
Banish writer's block, unearth fresh ideas, and sharpen your storytelling ability with the practice of fast, timed writing.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast
Boost Your Imagination and Reap the Literary Rewards
It happens to all of us: life gets in the way and our creativity falters. Get back on track with this four-week creativity boosting class!
Branches of Creative Nonfiction
With tess fahlgren.
What are the different types of creative nonfiction? From the personal essay to the hermit crab, learn the ropes of CNF in this 8 week class.
But What Is Your Story Really About? Finding the Core of Your Short Memoir, Story, or Personal Essay
Take a four-week writing adventure deep into the core of your story, to find the true theme of your personal essay, short story, or short memoir.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Personal Essay , Short Story
Character Transformation Workshop: How to Write Stories that Emotionally Resonate
Learn how to write emotionally resonant journeys that stick with the reader, using the power of character transformation.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Novel , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast
Claiming Our Stories: Autobiography, Memoir & Autobiographical Fiction
With anya achtenberg.
Turn your experience into fiction, autobiography, or creative memoir. Bring forward stories with a powerful truth at their core. Instructor Anya Achtenberg.
Craft Your Story: Short Fiction and Memoir Live Workshops
With margo perin.
Get tailored advice and inspiration for your fiction or nonfiction stories, in this weekly live workshop with award-winning instructor Margo Perin.
Crafting the Poetry Novel: Advanced Workshop
With kelly bingham.
Want to make headway on your poetry novel? This workshop offers the structure and resources to get it done, with instructor Kelly Bingham.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Poetry
Creating Narrative in Comics
With aubrey hirsch.
Art and storytelling have a rich relationship to one another. Explore that relationship in this class on writing narrative comics. Open to all artistic skill levels!
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Personal Essay , Short Story
Creative Nonfiction and the Personal Essay
Gretchen Clark pick axes her way into the volcanic marriage of real life and fiction. Weekly writing with incisive feedback.
Creative Writing & Storytelling Techniques For Business Professionals
Good writing helps business connect deeply with the clients they're hoping to work with. Learn how to hone the power of story in your professional career.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness
Deepening and Organizing Our Stories: Memoir/Creative Nonfiction and Autobiographical Fiction
For writers of memoir, creative nonfiction and fiction, with some experience. Particularly helpful to writers in the midst of a longer work.
Embodied Writing: Improve Your Writing with Full-Body Creativity
Embodied writing: somatic practices to improve your work, find your brave: publishing as an act of courage.
In this fun, transformative four-week program, get tips and techniques to bring out your courage to publish a story in print or online.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Personal Essay , Short Story
Finding Confidence in the Braided Essay: A Craft and Empowerment Workshop for Literary Nonfiction
Finding the real story: essential elements of story in fiction and memoir.
Address the larger issues of writing story through a look at the essential elements of narrative in fiction and memoir.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Short Story
Food Writing: Food-Focused Memoir
The food we eat and enjoy tells volumes about our lives and experiences. Write it all down in this food memoir course, with Jennifer Billock.
From Pitch to Publication: Writing Narrative Journalism
Fundamentals of travel writing.
Take to the skies in this online travel writing course. We'll discuss the market, different types of travel writing, and pitching your piece!
Get Back to That Book
With donna levin.
For any number of reasons, the book we want to write gets waylaid. Get back to it in this motivational two part workshop.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Novel
Get It Done: Create the Scaffolding to Start (and Finish) a Writing Project
With eman quotah.
Get your butt in the chair, your mind roaming freely, and your creative juices flowing in this motivational, all-genres writing class.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Live Workshop , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast
Get Your Book Done Intensive! 4 Weeks to Measurable Progress
The summer is the best time to get the ball rolling on your book. Join us if you really want to get your book into the world.
How to Pitch
With rachel krantz.
Learn the ins and outs of pitching your work to print and online publications from Rachel Krantz, a full-time writer and formerly the Senior Feature Editor at Bustle.
Creative Nonfiction , Live Workshop , Personal Essay
How To Start A Blog
Create your blog, brand it, create engaging content and successfully promote posts. Taught by journalist, writer and photographer Jessica Festa.
How To Turn Your Blog Into A Career
From branding to search engine optimization and advertising, this course puts bloggers on the path to earning an income through their blog.
Humor Is The New Black!
Ready to add a splash of fun to your writing life? Join us for a four-week humor writing class. We’ll read. We’ll laugh. We’ll write. We’ll experiment.
I’ve Drunk Your Poisoned Nectar: Writing with the Goddess
With shankar narayan.
Dig deep into the rich mythology of South Asian goddesses to find new inspiration for your work in this generative, open-genre writing class.
In Bloom: Nature Writing Workshop
With dana de greff.
Only 3 seats left!
Want to write about nature like Robert Frost, Henry David Thoreau, or Annie Dillard? Join us for this six-week nature writing course.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story
In Your Own Words: Transforming Life Into Memoir and Fiction
Learn how to draw inspiration and material from your life experiences or those of people you know, or want to know, to craft compelling, publishable memoirs, personal essays, autobiographical novels and short stories, and/or narrative poetry.
Let It Rip: The Art of Writing Fiery Prose
Only 2 seats left!
You'll write prose that gets folks so hot and bothered they won't be able to put it down, even if it isn't about sex.
Let’s Get Personal: The Art and Craft of the Personal Essay
Draw inspiration and material from your life experiences or “real life” people you know to craft compelling, publishable personal essays. With author Margo Perin.
Make Your Prose Sing
With leslie lawrence.
Enrich your prose with techniques from poetry. Bring paper and pens; leave with a better ear and lots of ideas about how to make your prose sing.
No More Excuses! Four Weeks to Finish and Submit Your Personal Essay or Short Memoir
Join us for this insightful four-week “get the writing done” program, give and receive thoughtful comments from your fellow writers and the instructor, and enjoy heaps of encouragement and writing wisdom along the way.
Ordinary to Extraordinary: Turning Everyday Experiences into Poetry
Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.
No experience is too small or mundane to serve as a foundation for extraordinary poetry and short fiction.
Creative Nonfiction , Personal Essay , Poetry
Overcome Writing Anxiety: Boost Your Storytelling Confidence in Four Short Weeks!
"Who are you to want to write?" Someone great, that's who! Politely ask Mr. or Ms. Fear to step aside while you sign up for this fun, freeing and functional adventure.
Plumbing the Past: Turning Life Experience into Poetry, Flash and Creative Non-Fiction
Dig deep into personal ritual while studying narrative poets, short fiction and non-fiction authors, and food writers.
Creative Nonfiction , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story
Rapid Story Development: A Master Plan for Building Stories That Work
In this 10 week story writing class, Jeff Lyons pairs the Enneagram with story development techniques to revolutionize your writing practice.
Scene Study: Strengthen Your Writing with Compelling Scenes
With susan pohlman.
Great stories are constructed with great scenes. Immerse your reader in your stories by learning the ropes of scene development.
Story Lab: The Story-Subplot Connection
Subplots are key to maintaining narrative pace and tension in a story. Drive your story forward with this deep dive into the elements of good storytelling.
Stringing the Beads: Craft Your Personal Essay
Harness the freedom of the personal essay in this 4 week course, where we'll shape our ideas, thoughts, and obsessions into compelling nonfiction pieces.
Style and Sense: Bring Your Writing to Life
With john gottberg anderson.
How do we transport our readers to vivid worlds? In this course, learn the skills that evoke the senses and bring your writing to life.
Suspense Sells! Power Up Your Writing With Conflict, Tension and Emotion
Inject suspense into your stories to keep readers turning pages. For writers of all kinds of fiction: thrillers, mysteries, romance, humor, literary and memoir. A four week class with Giulietta Nardone.
Tales From The Memory Palace: 6 to 250 Word Memoirs
Only 1 seat left!
If you want to be an in demand storyteller in the digital age, you need to get in, get out and get going. In this "short" four-week memoir writing adventure, you'll learn to scope out, swoop down and snatch up important memories from your life then speed write them into miniature masterpieces.
Techwashed!: Writing with AI, Data, and Surveillance
Raise a mirror against society's relationship to technology in this two part workshop series where we will learn how to write about tech.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Live Workshop , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story
Telling the Stories Your Body Holds: Writing and Shaping Strong Personal Essays
Telling your food story, with hannah howard.
Let's write at the kitchen table together, as we explore using food as a lens to tell our stories.
The Chronology of Mind: From Journal to Poem or Prose
With barbara henning.
Gather material through writing and experimenting with journaling, researching and taking notes to develop into poems or prose works.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story
The Literary Essay
The soundtrack of your life: writing about music, memories and mix tapes.
In a song inspired class, write several essays about the music that has moved you through life: the emotions, the relationships, the events, the outcomes.
The Surprising Sentence: Honing Your Prose Style
With jessie roy.
Great sentences stack up into great stories. Learn how to hone your style and voice at the most basic unit of writing, the sentence, in this workshop.
Using Bullet Journaling to Achieve Writing Goals
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Poetry
Using Your Poetry Skills to Write Memoir
With freesia mckee.
How do poets tell their stories in prose? Take the leap from poetry to memoir in this hybrid writing workshop.
Creative Nonfiction , Live Workshop , Memoir , Poetry
Word Flashes & Eye Snapshots: Sketching Your Life Awake
For any writer wanting to root writing in vision and vision in the body: for poetry, fiction, essay, memoir & pleasure.
Write from the Untamed Mind: Find Your Voice
With susan vespoli.
Join Susan in two writing circles each week: intimate spaces for writers to free-write together, saying yes to whatever shows up, followed by group read-arounds. These writing sessions are spontaneous, intimate, freeing, and transformative.
Writing Chronic Illness
Creative nonfiction offers a container for the sharing and exploration of illness. Tell the story of your body in this healing-oriented workshop.
Writing Circle Workshop: Writing for Happiness, Healing, and Health (Monday/Friday)
Expressive writing can be a powerful elixir for what ails you. Learn and practice tools for writing expressively, including two virtual writing circles each week, turn raw writing into poetry or prose, and come away with a better understanding of how writing can lead toward wellness.
Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story
Writing Circle Workshop: Writing for Happiness, Healing, and Health (Tuesday/Saturday)
Writing place in creative nonfiction.
In Creative Nonfiction, place is a character in itself. Deeply explore a narrative and a place of your choosing, and make weekly progress on your essay or memoir.
Writing with Consistency and Courage
What makes a successful writer? It's not talent, craft, or even the right connections—it's consistency and courage.
Unscheduled Online Creative Nonfiction Writing Classes
Browse our full creative nonfiction offerings below. Let us know which creative nonfiction writing courses you're interested in, and we'll contact you with dates when we're ready to put them on our calendar.
Articles on Creative Nonfiction Writing
Revising and Editing for Creative Writers
What is Theme? A Look at 20 Common Themes in Literature
Flat Character vs. Round Character: Definitions and Examples
Repetition Definition: Types of Repetition in Poetry and Prose
Irony Definition: Different Types of Irony in Literature
Get Back to the Book
What is the Plot of a Story?
Imagery Definition: 5+ Types of Imagery in Literature
Logical Fallacy Definition: List of Logical Fallacies
Onomatopoeia Definition and Examples
Why take an online creative nonfiction writing course with writers.com.
- We welcome writers of all backgrounds and experience levels, and we are here for one reason: to support you on your writing journey.
- Small groups keep our online creative nonfiction writing classes lively and intimate.
- Work through your weekly written lectures, course materials, and writing assignments at your own pace.
- Share and discuss your work with classmates in a supportive class environment.
- Your course instructor will offer you direct, personal feedback and suggestions on every assignment you submit.
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