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Advanced Historical Narratives: Crafting the Best Material

Advanced Level // 10-Week Online Course

Advanced Historical Narratives: Crafting the Best Material

January 6 -- March 15

$435 if registered by 12/16/2019
$485 if registered after 12/16/2019

Your course registration includes a FREE 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or True Story magazine (US residents only), or a free ebook; more details here.

Advanced Courses require prerequisites for enrollment. If you purchase this course, you will be contacted to confirm that you meet at least one of the following qualifications:

  • completed an intermediate level course & one additional course (self-guided courses do not apply), or
  • have an MFA in creative nonfiction, or
  • have a strong publishing record.

Refund, discount, and cancellation policies

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Instructor: Marty Levine

Turning research and history into vibrant narrative presents some unique challenges, such as employing speculation effectively, using details to best advantage, and writing with your own style. In this class, you’ll learn how to transform history into lively prose using the tools of creative nonfiction. We’ll break down the most crucial elements of writing scenes, such as using characters and dialogue. This class is suitable for writers at any stage of a project. Those who have already begun, or even completed, gathering historical materials can submit parts of their work for review by the class and the instructor. If you’re just formulating ideas or beginning to research, you’ll be able to refine your approach, pinpoint your main characters, organize your prospective piece, and begin writing in class.

Recommended prerequisite: Historical Narratives

Week 1: The Historical Narrative Toolbox
Week 2: Beginning Scenes
Week 3: Crucial Characters
Week 4: Creating Dialogue From Historical Sources
Week 5: Finding Historical Materials And Using Them Most Effectively 
Week 6: Using Speculation: When, Why, And How
Week 7: Using Details To Best Advantage
Week 8: Writing With Your Own Style
Week 9: Organizing Your Scenes Into A Coherent Story
Week 10: Critiquing And Revising

See the complete syllabus here »

See schedule of all available classes »

Refund and cancellation policies

By 5pm EST on the Monday before classes begin (one week prior to start date):

  • Students may request a refund (less a $50 application fee). You may also request a transfer (no fee) to another course in the same term or future term. Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date.

By 5pm EST on the Friday at the end of the first week of classes:

  • Students may transfer their enrollment credit to a future course (less a $95 processing fee for 10-week courses or a $75 processing fee for 5-week courses). Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date.
  • Students may switch to another class in the same term (subject to availability) for a $25 fee.

No refunds or transfers will be offered after this deadline.

* Learn how to receive a "refer-a-friend" discount.

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* US residents will receive a complimentary 1-year subscription to Creative Nonfiction magazine (4 issues) or True Story magazine (12-issues) with their online course registration (or a year extension to their existing subscription). Students outside the US can receive a free copy of the ebook Creating Nonfiction: Lessons from the Voice of the Genre, or can choose to receive a 4-issue print subscription to Creative Nonfiction for the cost of shipping fees. We regret that we are not able to offer complimentary digital subscriptions for international students at this time.

If you are an international student who would like a print subscription, please click here to add the cost of shipping to your order total.