Upcoming classes: Nonfiction

Laura Fraser




SUNDAYS, JULY 22 & JULY 29  | These two classes will help you become a better writer, whether you already write a lot, you long to write more, or you’d like to figure out how to create better content for your job or business. Writing and storytelling are crafts, and in these two day-long seminars you will learn the essential tools that will make you a better writer right away, and over time. Note: The classes are designed so that you can take them individually or as a pair (though we recommend you take both to really improve your chops).


Mark Wallace




WEDNESDAYS, AUGUST 1 — 15  |  No matter how compelling the characters, dialogue, or action, great scenes need a sense of place that all too often gets short shrift. And when your subject is a place itself, the task is only more demanding. It’s easy to fall back on list-making when writing about place, and that’s a tool that can be used to great effect, but there are so many more approaches to be explored.

We’ll dive into some great writing about place, and will look at specific techniques great writers use to capture the world around them, focusing on writing about the real world, but looking at fiction as well.


Lindsey Crittenden




MONDAY, JULY 30 & THURSDAYS, AUGUST 9—30 | Do you have pages ready for workshop? This class is designed for students who have have taken the Work in Progress Workshop (or will have done so by end of July) or the equivalent. Please do not sign up unless you will have completed Work in Progress by the end of July, or unless you have written to me to make sure the class will meet your needs. If you are looking to generate pages, the first class (Work in Progress Workshop) is the one for you.


Mark Wallace

Alissa Greenberg




TUESDAYS, AUGUST 7 & 14  |  For a freelance journalist, essayist, or nonfiction writer, a good pitch letter can not only generate work but open doors, build new relationships, or even kickstart a career. But crafting the best pitch, targeting it to the right publication, and getting it in front of the right person isn’t always simple.

In this class, you’ll gain new insights into what editors are looking for and why—as well as all the reasons they don’t want to assign you that story—and learn new ways to make your pitch letters as compelling as possible.


Mary Ladd




THURSDAY, AUGUST 16  | We’ll read from the masters, Oliver Sacks and Joan Didion, and do our own generative short exercises to explore how to find points of entry into personal experiences of loss.

  • All writing levels and genres welcome.
  • The writing you create in the class will help kick start your writing process and give you tools for processing your grief.
  • As a seriously ill patient as well as a caregiver for my mom, I channeled my grief into a book project and writing assignments (to help pay the bills and avoid going crazy) – often using humor.


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