Writing Short Form Nonfiction


Try out a variety of nonfiction writing forms in this class for students with a goal to sell their writing for publication.


What you can learn.

  • Write short, focused nonfiction pieces in a variety of forms suitable for publication
  • Learn what editors look for in various nonfiction forms and markets
  • Give and receive feedback on your writing from peers and the instructor
  • Identify markets for your work and learn how to submit and sell your writing

About this course:

Short, well-focused articles provide one of the surest pathways for breaking into publication. It's easier than you might think--if you know how the print and online publishing worlds work, understand the needs and demands of particular markets and put some effort into polishing your skills. In this enjoyable six-week course, you achieve those goals while you produce weekly assignments of 250-500 words in specific nonfiction genres, including personal essay, how-to story, interview/profile, reviews, trends stories, narrative nonfiction and research essays--which are then workshopped in class. You gain valuable experience in thinking and writing like a pro, all while having fun in a positive, supportive and constructive environment. The course goal is to write and begin polishing at least eight short nonfiction pieces while gaining a clearer understanding of what editors look for, how they think and how to pitch to them.

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