Master Class in Creative Nonfiction Writing

WRITING X 421.4

Review and reimagine your creative nonfiction book manuscript in this three-quarter course for students revising their work toward finding and agent and submitting to publishers.

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Remote
Starting at $3,860.00
As few as 35 weeks
9.0

What you can learn.

  • Review the elements of craft that make for powerful creative nonfiction
  • Discover how to weave universal themes into your next draft
  • Listen to guest speakers guide you through writing, revising, and publishing
  • Get feedback on your manuscript and query from an established agent in the field

About this course:

Designed for writers serious about revising their draft memoirs and personal essay collections into polished works for publication, this 30-week course allows for in-depth critiques from a community of nonfiction writers, personalized guidance, and ongoing, one-on-one mentoring from a professional writer. In a challenging but supportive workshop environment, you will study the advanced elements of craft such as capturing memorable moments, developing a narrative structure, braiding your story with larger universal themes, and the art of revision. Guest speakers share their insights on writing, publishing, and the nonfiction market as you shape your next draft and prepare a professional book proposal. Master Class students' excerpts are submitted to an established agent for review and consideration at the completion of the course. 
COURSE FORMAT

This course is taught using a combination of asynchronous and synchronous instruction. For most of the course, students will engage with learning materials posted on Canvas, our online learning system, and interact with the instructor and other students using messaging tools. In addition, students will attend a weekend-long remote (live online) residency on Zoom in which attendance is required. For the schedule, click ‘See Details’ below.

Admission to this course is by application only and the selection process is competitive. It is recommended that students take intermediate-level courses prior to submitting their work. When this course is open for enrollment, click "See Details" for application guidelines and quarterly application deadlines.

Fall 2022 Schedule

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Tuesday 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT
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Instructor: Barbara Abercrombie
388780
Fee:
$3,860.00
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Location: Remote Classroom
ENROLL BY: Oct 4, 2022
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Notes

No meetings November 22; December 13, 20, & 27, 2022; March 28, 2023.

Restricted course; approval needed to enroll. Not eligible for any discounts. Enrollment limited to eight students. Visitors not permitted. No refund after enrolling.

Submission Guidelines for Master Class in Creative Nonfiction Writing
Please submit the following materials (Word Document or PDF only): a one-page personal statement that includes your writing background, previous creative writing courses taken, and a two-page synopsis of your work-in-progress. In a separate document, submit the completed first draft of your creative nonfiction manuscript (either a memoir or personal essay collection). 

(Note: participants in this master class work only on the project submitted for admission. No exceptions. Each page should be numbered, typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, and double spaced with 1-inch margins.)

Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 04, 2022
Course Requirements

Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

Schedule
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Tue Oct 4, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Oct 11, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Oct 18, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Oct 25, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Nov 1, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Nov 8, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Nov 15, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Nov 29, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Dec 6, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Jan 3, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Jan 10, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Jan 17, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Jan 24, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Jan 31, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Feb 7, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Feb 14, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Feb 21, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Feb 28, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Mar 7, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Mar 14, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Mar 21, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Apr 4, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Apr 11, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Apr 18, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue Apr 25, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue May 2, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue May 9, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue May 16, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue May 23, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Tue May 30, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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