Creative Non-Fiction 2

Hone your writing skills and strengthen your storytelling voice in this intensive course designed to help emerging writers of creative non-fiction make informed decisions for their work. What structure should your story take? Whose point-of-view should it be told from? Which parts of an interview should you keep as dialogue, and which parts should you paraphrase?

If you've got the basics down and are looking to develop and polish your work for publication, this hands-on course offers readings, discussions, writing activities and workshops to give you a deeper understanding of your craft as you engage in the important work of writing the true stories that matter to you.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Brian Payton $628.95 25 Register

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

Writing experience

To get the most out of this advanced course, you should have the following experience: 

  • completion of an introductory non-fiction course
  • familiarity with the workshopping process (both giving and receiving feedback)

What will you learn?

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

  • Make informed storytelling decisions for your work, including: identifying a theme, setting your scenes, and choosing a point-of-view, architecture and arc that serve your material
  • Research and interview effectively, and incorporate material generated in this way into your stories
  • Render your unique storytelling voice on the page
  • Revise your work, incorporating feedback gathered during the workshopping process
  • Use your reading practice to inform your writing and identify possible markets for publication 

How will you learn?

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 during the course you will:

  • Submit a piece of your own writing for feedback (maximum 2500 words)

How will you be evaluated?

This course is graded using a competency-based grading scale. Read more here.

Learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

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