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Types of Nonfiction Writing: 10 Ways to Tell Your Story

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10 Types of Nonfiction Books and Genres

Instructor Zining Mok examines both classic and contemporary forms of creative nonfiction.

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Building a Career as a Literary Artist (January 26)

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Death Riding Shotgun: How Awareness of Our Mortality Impacts Poetry (February 2) NEW!

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How can your own mortality inform your work? In this 6-week course, you'll use death to inspire and motivate your poetry writing.

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Poet and Novelist, Barbara Henning offers this eight-week online workshop, writing tiny fictions while experimenting with first and third person points of view and analyzing how point of view affects the craft of fiction writing. There is no pre-requisite. Barbara will offer practical instruction and assignments, suggestions for revision, as well as lectures and and articles.

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Branches of Creative Nonfiction (February 9) NEW!

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What are the different types of creative nonfiction? From the personal essay to the hermit crab, learn the ropes of CNF in this 8 week class.

Writing Autobiographical Fiction (February 9)

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Learn to depart from "what really happened," and write compelling fiction from your own life experiences.

(Live Workshop) The Art of Love Stories: A Flash Fiction Workshop (February 10) NEW!

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How do you distill love into 1,500 words or less? Zining Mok explains in this love stories flash fiction workshop.

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How do poets capture the essence of love in language? Learn how to do it yourself in this one day workshop.

Writing Circle Workshop: A Focus on Eight Contemporary Poets (Section 2) (February 16) NEW!

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By studying the poems of Billy Collins, Ellen Bass, Natalie Diaz, and more, write stunning poetry in this generative writing circle workshop.

The Soundtrack of Your Life: Writing About Music, Memories and Mix Tapes (February 16)

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In a song inspired class, write several essays about the music that has moved you through life: the emotions, the relationships, the events, the outcomes.

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