Nonfiction Workshop: Advanced Nonfiction Writing

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Nonfiction Workshop: Advanced Nonfiction Writing


Level: Advanced

Instructor: Kelly Shire

Location: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Begins: September 30 2019
Ends: November 24, 2019


This class is for the student who already knows the ins and outs of nonfiction writing. It is for the student who has already written and/or published pieces of nonfiction whether they be personal essays, memoir or other types of creative nonfiction. You might also be a writer who needs additional coaching or more input to refine and improve your nonfiction writing. Possibly, you have started on the path to becoming a skilled nonfiction writer, but you need just a bit more practice and study in the craft. If you took our Intermediate Nonfiction Writing workshop, then this is the next class for you.

During this 8-week class writers bring a piece of work, or an idea for a piece of work, that is perfected through the use of critique, revision, and polishing. As a natural process of studying nonfiction further, we continue to discuss the elements of nonfiction writing. Craft readings and writing exercises are assigned based on individual, personalized, need. Students have the opportunity to submit work for instructor feedback, as well as from other students in the class. The instructor establishes a workshop schedule once class begins. Like all Pen and Paper Writing Workshops, this class is conducted in a safe, nurturing and caring environment.

Class Outline

Week 1: Writing Your Next Draft: You Have a 1st or 2nd Draft, Now What?

Week 2: Perfecting Your Nonfiction Through Critique, Revision & Polishing

Week 3: P.O.V. & How to Hone Yours

Week 4: Let’s Examine In Media Res & Sharpen Yours Up

Week 5: Is Your Timing Working? Let’s Take a Look

Week 6: The Narrator vs. You, or, How You Tell Your Story

Week 7: Making Your Beginnings & Endings Sing

Week 8: A Close Examination of Your Current Draft

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