Nonfiction Workshop: Advanced Nonfiction Writing

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Nonfiction Workshop: Advanced Nonfiction Writing


Level: Advanced

Location: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Begins: April 1, 2019
Ends: May 26, 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

Instructor Bio

Sara Marchant received her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert. Her nonfiction appears in the WOC anthology All the Women in My Family Sing, and her novella, Let Me Go, appears in Running Wild Press’ novella anthology. She is a founding editor of Writers Resist. Her writing has also been published by The Manifest Station, Every Writer’s Resource, Full Grown People, Brilliant Flash Fiction, The Coachella Review, Writers Resist, East Jasmine Review, Jewish Fiction and ROAR.

Long ago and far away, she worked for the San Diego Natural History Museum in their Binational Education Department where she was she able to utilize her BA in Latin American History. At Mt. San Jacinto College in San Jacinto, California, she teaches Critical Thinking and Writing to the new generation in the hopes that they will someday save our society from its nihilistic impulses. She lives in the high desert of Southern California with her husband, two dogs, a goat and five chickens.


“With her observant eye and subtly brilliant insight, Sara Marchant captures moments in people’s lives that are powerfully universal, that would otherwise be overlooked, forgotten, their truths unmined. Her essays and narrative nonfiction offer indelible images of humanity at its best, its worst, and at its wonderfully eccentric and funny and heartbreaking. Sara’s writing is sparse, yet rich, and so important.”

Kit-Bacon Gressit, Prose Editor, Writers Resist

“Sara Marchant has definitely furthered my education in critical thinking and writing. Ms. Marchant, a skilled professor, shows no boundaries in the ways she helps advance her students to new levels in their writing and in their ability to think critically.”

Ulysses Jaramillo, Student, Critical Thinking and Writing, Mt. San Jacinto College

“Sara Marchant is a great teacher. She‘s always quick to respond and super helpful. She’s also lots of fun, plus she’s really smart and diligent. She puts 110%, if not more, into performing whatever task is at hand. I give her the highest of recommendations.”

Justin Perkins, Student, Critical Thinking and Writing, Mt. San Jacinto College