Creative Nonfiction III


Polish your memoir and personal essay collections in this advanced workshop for students with works-in-progress.

Starting at $785.00
As few as 10 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Sustain your voice and narrative energy through a full draft
  • Develop self-editing techniques to help you complete a thorough revision
  • Learn about the publication market for creative nonfiction
  • Develop a book proposal that reflects your project

About this course:

Designed for serious writers who seek to refine their creative nonfiction manuscripts--including memoirs and personal essay collections--into polished works, this intensive workshop helps you polish your writing and find your narrative's energy and unique voice. You also develop and perfect self-editing techniques as well as explore the current market. The course goal is to have two chapters and a book proposal or two short essays ready to submit to publishers, as well as increase mastery over this artistic form.

WRITING X 421.2 Creative Nonfiction II or comparable workshop experience.

Fall 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

Hybrid courses have both regular remote meeting times and online instruction. Click “See Details” for more information.

Enrollment Closed
Wednesday 6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Alison Singh Gee
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Enrollment limited to 12 students. Visitors not permitted. $100 non-refundable. Enrollment discounts limited to WP NOW members; no other discounts apply.

The application deadline for this advanced course is Monday, September 14 at 9am (PST).

Course may be taken to satisfy core (Advanced) units in the Creative Nonfiction Certificate Program, or as an elective in either fiction/creative writing certificate.

For more information on programs and services offered by the Writers’ Program, please visit our website.

To apply:

Log in with your existing student account and then “add to cart”, or click “add to cart” and follow the prompts to create a new or returning student account. Then, follow the remaining instructions below:

  1. Click “Start” on the first Application page.
  2. On the 2nd Application page, click “Start” on the bottom left side of the page.
  3. After that, you will be asked to upload a writing sample, per the guidelines below.
  4. Once you finish the steps, click "Submit Application."

Please note that there are no pre-approvals. All students must submit the following requirements in order to be eligible for an advanced creative writing course.

Submission guidelines: submit one document (double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins on all sides) containing a 10-page writing sample; a synopsis of up to one page for any longer submitted works (novels); a personal statement of one paragraph outlining what the student hopes to gain from the class; and a list of previous courses completed in the Writers’ Program or other programs, with instructors (when known).

NOTE: Despite being asked to enter payment information, YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED for this course unless you choose to enroll if/when you receive a notice of acceptance for the course. In other words, it’s 100% free to apply. The full course fee will be due up front to register, prior to attending the course.

Selection notices will likely be distributed via email 1-2 weeks before the class is scheduled to start. In the meantime, you can also register for alternative open-enrollment course and transfer upon your acceptance.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.

Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 30, 2020
Course Requirements
Wed Oct 7, 2020
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
Wed Oct 14, 2020
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
Wed Oct 21, 2020
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
Wed Oct 28, 2020
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
Wed Nov 4, 2020
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
Wed Nov 11, 2020
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
Wed Nov 18, 2020
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
Wed Nov 25, 2020
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
Wed Dec 2, 2020
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
Wed Dec 9, 2020
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT

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Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

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