Online Classes

Join CNF's growing online writing community.

Since 2011, Creative Nonfiction's online classes have helped thousands of writers from all over the world tell their stories better. Check out our summer course offerings.

Our 5- and 10-week classes offer firm deadlines, a flexible schedule that fits your needs, and feedback to help you keep writing and improving your work. And the small class sizes (no more than 14 students per class) help foster community and connection. 

Whether you're just starting out or are looking for an advanced class to help you refine and polish your work, we have a course for you. Classes are offered Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer term.

See what past students have to say about our growing writing community; read some publishing success stories from our students; learn more about our instructors; and see a complete list of our past classes.


Self-Guided Courses

Jump Start Your Writing Practice Boot Camp »

May 25th - June 19th
This course will help anyone who wants to begin a project or initiate a regular writing practice in a way that is low-stress, adaptable, and effective.


Summer Online Classes 

June 29 - August 02

Note: We offer three levels of online courses: FundamentalsIntermediate,and Advanced.


FUNDAMENTALS—open to all levels.
Our fundamentals courses are designed for those who are new to writing or new to creative nonfiction as well as those who could benefit from a back-to-basics review on how to effectively and intentionally use elements of the writer's craft.

Approaching Mystery: Writing Flash Memoir about Wonder & the Unexplained »

Instructors: Joanna Cooper
Capture the absurd or surreal quality of everyday life and tell a meaningful story in as few words as possible.

Digital Storytelling »

Instructor: Marissa Landrigan
Discover ways to use digital communication technologies to enhance the inherent connective power of creative nonfiction.

Historical Narratives »

Instructor: Marty Levine
Bring the past to life! Get insight into how to translate facts and research into vivid characters and scenes.

I to Eye: Integrating Research into the Personal Essay »

Instructor: Suzanne Cope
True, "memoir" starts with "me" ... but there's room for so much more.

Spiritual Writing » SOLD OUT

Instructor: Jonathan Callard
Find the balance between the personal and the powerful, and learn how to share your thoughts with readers of differing beliefs or traditions.

Summer Boot Camp »

Instructors: Rhonda Miller ​or Ploi Pirapokin 
You want to do it. You mean to do it. You’re going to do it! Ensure that you will get around to that summer writing by joining.

The Space Between: Writing from Photographs »

Instructor: James Polchin
Explore the rich possibilities of drawing on photographs that intrigue, haunt, or prompt forgotten memories and experiences.


INTERMEDIATE —prerequisites suggested. 
Our intermediate courses are designed for writers who have some experience either in the genre or CNF's courses. Past course participation is not required but we do recommend starting with one of our fundamentals courses, especially Foundations of Creative Nonfiction.

NEW! Environmental Writing » SOLD OUT

Instructor: Michelle Lanzoni
Focus on the details and techniques that can help ground your writing in a specific place, while leaving room for all scales, from the molecular and elemental to the global.

Eureka! Science Writing for General Audiences »

Instructor: Chelsea Biondolillo 
Gain writing and research skills—everything from general literary techniques to interviewing and fact-checking—that will help you craft engaging nonfiction about scientific discovery, research, and policy.

Experimental Forms » SOLD OUT

Instructor: Meghan O'Gieblyn
Explore new structures, hybrid forms, and nonstandard narrative perspectives, and discover a variety of strategies for innovation in nonfiction writing.

Flash Essay »

Instructor: Jenna McGuiggan
Distill experiences, big or small, into their purest essence.

NEW! Zen of Process »

Instructor: Sarah Cannon
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.


ADVANCED—prerequisites required for enrollment. 
Our advanced courses are for writers who meet one of the following qualifications: 1) you have completed two previous courses with Creative Nonfiction (one must be an intermediate level course); or 2) you have an MFA in creative nonfiction; or 3) you have published widely. 

We offer advanced courses fall, winter, and spring term.


Please note: it is not uncommon for classes to fill up before the end of early registration, particularly in the last few days before the deadline. If you know for certain that you wish to take a particular class, we recommend registering early. If you'd like to be added to a waitlist for a sold-out class, please email our director of education, Sharla Yates, at yates[at]creativenonfiction[dot]org.

Is there a course that you'd like to take that isn't being offered? You can request a course here and we'll notify you when it's being offered again.

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