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Coker – Thursdays, Feb 25- Mar 25, 6:30-8 pm (Online)


This course will cover the basics of the genre. Whether you’re a writer of fiction/poetry/plays or just now entering the world of writing, this course is accessible and will answer questions like: What is creative non-fiction? What makes it different from journalism? Is memoir covered under creative non-fiction? What is and is not allowed in writing creative non-fiction? What elements make it “creative” or are borrowed from writing fiction? How do I research my chosen topic and conduct interviews? Each student will a chance to read examples of creative non-fiction and to write a paper on the topic of their choosing by the end of the course. Writing the paper includes gaining practice in interviewing subjects.


Students for this course are required to purchase Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know about Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction, edited by Lee Gutkind. They can do so at betterworldsbooks.com or Amazon. They will need to bring paper and writing instruments to every class. Obtaining a recording device for conducting interviews is encouraged though not required.


Course Outline:

Class 1: Introductions, review of the “rules” of writing creative non-fiction, writing exercise, discussion of paper topics, handouts

Class 2: Explanation of workshops, divide and discuss papers, individual meetings with instructor about papers

Class 3: Workshops on papers, feedback session

Class 4: Paper due, post-mortem of writing paper, discussion of “next steps” for publication venues/other resources, begin watching movie

Class 5: Finish watching movie, papers returned, final questions


About the Instructor:

Allie Coker is the author of the creative nonfiction book, What I Learned at Davidson. She holds a BA in English from Davidson College as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. She edits for Warren Publishing and has taught a course on Creative Nonfiction at UT Austin’s Informal Program. Her novella, The Last Resort, just released.


This class is conducted online! A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Student gives permission for The ArtsCenter and for instructor to use their image and comments in class recordings for promotional non-commercial purposes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online classes. 

All ArtSchool registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out. 

ArtsCenter members receive 15% off of the cost of this course!