Online Classes

Join CNF's growing online writing community.

Since 2011, Creative Nonfiction's online classes have helped thousands of writers from all over the world tell their stories better. Check out our spring course offerings.

Our 5- and 10-week classes offer firm deadlines, a flexible schedule that fits your needs, and feedback to help you keep writing and improving your work. And the small class sizes (no more than 14 students per class) help foster community and connection. 

Whether you're just starting out or are looking for an advanced class to help you refine and polish your work, we have a course for you. Classes are offered in Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms.

See what past students have to say about our growing writing community; read some publishing success stories from our students; learn more about our instructors; and see a complete list of our past classes.

Self-Guided Class

May 3 - May 28

The Curious Writer: Fitting the Pieces Together »

The collage memoir—a literary assemblage or mosaic—lets us enjoy the  creativity of blending various elements; the result is a fresh take that can add up to far more than a personal story.

Spring Online Classes 

April 12 - June 20

Note: We offer three levels of online courses: FundamentalsIntermediate, and Advanced.


FUNDAMENTALS—open to all levels.
Our fundamentals courses are designed for those who are new to writing or new to creative nonfiction, as well as those who could benefit from a back-to-basics review on how to effectively and intentionally use elements of the writer's craft.

Approaching Mystery: Writing Flash Memoir about Wonder & the Unexplained » SOLD OUT

Instructor: Joanna Cooper
Capture the absurd or surreal quality of everyday life and tell a meaningful story in as few words as possible.

Creative Nonfiction Boot Camp » 5-WEEK ONLY (10-week is sold out)

Instructors: Michael Busk and Bridgette Shade
Kick-start your writing with our most popular class. Start that long-delayed project, develop essential writing habits with daily writing prompts, and reach your goals.

NEW! Beyond Nature Writing: Introduction to Environmental Writing » SOLD OUT

Instructors: Marissa Landrigan
Balancing internal and external details that can help ground your writing in a specific place.

Foundations of Creative Nonfiction » SOLD OUT

Instructor: Ploi Pirakpokin
ur introduction to the genre. Explore the techniques for gathering information and build literary skills to turn bare facts into compelling narratives.

Thirty-Minute Memoir » SOLD OUT

Instructor: Joelle Fraser
Manageable daily writing assignments will help you break down the task of writing a memoir.


INTERMEDIATE—prerequisites suggested. 
Our intermediate courses are designed for writers who have some experience either in the genre or CNF's courses. Past course participation is not required, but we do recommend starting with one of our fundamentals courses, especially Foundations of Creative Nonfiction.

Flash Essay » SOLD OUT

Instructor: Jenna McGuiggan
Distill experiences, big or small, into their purest essence.

Memoir and Personal Essay: Beyond the Basics » SOLD OUT

Instructor: Jonathan Callard
Tackle a big writing project in this class intended for writers who are ready to take their writing to the next level.

NEW! Shapes of Stories » SOLD OUT

Instructor: Nancy McCabe
Expand your writer's toolkit by experimenting with a variety of essay structures.

The Building Blocks of Personal Essay » SOLD OUT

Instructor: Meghan O'Gieblyn
Learn the building blocks of writing a personal essay and connect your experiences to larger truths about our world.


ADVANCED—prerequisites required for enrollment. 
Our advanced courses are for writers who meet one of the following qualifications: 1) you have completed two previous courses with Creative Nonfiction (one must be an intermediate level course); 2) you have an MFA in creative nonfiction; or 3) you have published widely. If you are unsure if you qualify, please email

Advanced Historical Narratives: Crafting the Best Material »

Instructor: Marty Levine
Hone your approach, pinpoint your main characters, organize your story, and bring the past to life.

Advanced Memoir: From First Sentence to Resolution »

Instructor: Kase Johnstun
Refine and refresh work in progress and take up the challenges of longer sections and full-length manuscripts.

Advanced Personal Essay: Finding a Way Through »

Instructor: Peter Mountford
Transform actual people and events into characters and plot elements, and turn your personal anecdotes into publishable essays.


Yearlong Writing Tracks 
NEW! Whether you’re new to the genre or you’re looking to add more rigor and accountability to your writing practice, this thoughtful progression of courses will help you learn (or revisit) the fundamentals of the genre, develop your craft, enrich your knowledge, and sharpen your skills. 

Pathway to the Memoir » SOLD OUT

A yearlong structured track designed to help you write your memoir.

Pathway to the Personal Essay » SOLD OUT

A yearlong structured track designed to raise your personal essay game from good to great.

Please note: it is not uncommon for classes to fill up before the end of early registration, particularly in the last few days before the deadline. If you know for certain that you wish to take a particular class, we recommend registering early. If you'd like to be added to a waitlist for a sold-out class, please email our director of education, Sharla Yates, at yates[at]creativenonfiction[dot]org.


Is there a course that you'd like to take that isn't being offered? You can request a course here and we'll notify you when it's being offered again.

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