Creative Non-Fiction 1

How do you go from this thing that happened to a compelling piece of creative non-fiction?

In this introductory course, you will explore the various forms of creative non-fiction and the tools you need to write them effectively. Learn how to use research, interviews and your own memories to generate material, and then shape that material into a compelling piece of prose. Alongside these essential elements of the writers' toolbox, we will delve into the ethical implications of writing in the non-fiction genre, including the challenges that go with sharing personal stories and a writer's responsibility to the truth.

This course includes plenty of hands-on writing exercises to keep your pen moving, the opportunity to give and receive feedback on works in progress, and a reading list to keep you inspired long after the course is over.

It happened. We can help you write about it.


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
Duration: 10 weeks
Tuition: $628.95

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Upcoming Offerings

Start Date
Start DateWed, Sep 21, 2022
  • Wed, Sep 21 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Sep 28 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Oct 5 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Oct 12 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Oct 19 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Oct 26 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Nov 2 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 8 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 15 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 22 (self-paced all week)
InstructorChristina Myers
Seats Available20

What you will learn

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:  

  • Identify the most common forms of creative non-fiction and incorporate formal considerations into your own writing
  • Use memory, research and interviews to generate writing material
  • Shape material into compelling prose while taking into consideration ethical standards and factual accuracy
  • Give and receive effective feedback on your work-in-progress
  • Maintain an ongoing reading practice and use your reading to inspire your writing

How you will learn and be evaluated

Each week you will:

  • Read the weekly module
  • Complete additional reading (if assigned)
  • Complete a writing assignment (approximately 500 words)
  • Participate in a discussion based on your reading (approximately 250 words)
  • Read and provide feedback on other students’ work

Twice per term you will:

  • Submit a piece of your own writing for feedback (maximum 2,500 words)

This course is graded using a competency-based grading scale

Learning Materials

Course fees do not include textbooks. We encourage you to purchase from your local independent bookstore or the sources listed below.

Required textbook:

Warland, Betsy. Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing. Cormorant Books, 2010. ISBN-10: 1897151780, ISBN-13: 978-1897151785. Available for purchase from Iron Dog Books (Vancouver) or Indigo.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.