Nonfiction Workshop: Intermediate Nonfiction Writing


Nonfiction Workshop: Intermediate Nonfiction Writing


Level: Intermediate

Location: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Begins: July 22, 2019
Ends: September 15, 2019


This class is for the student who already knows the basics of nonfiction writing. It is also for those of you who are at, or near, the beginning of a nonfiction work whether it be a personal essay, a memoir or other types of creative nonfiction. If you took our Introduction to Nonfiction Writing workshop, then this is the next class for you.

This 8-week intermediate class is for writers who already have a grasp of the persona, audience, and purpose driving their work—albeit personal essay, memoir, or other creative nonfiction. In this class, we bring each student’s project further towards the ultimate goal of completion by using drafting, critique, and revision. The class starts with a quick review of the elements that go into nonfiction writing. We delve deeper into those elements as the weeks progress. Craft readings and writing exercises are a part of each week’s assignments. Students submit work for instructor feedback each week. They also exchange feedback with other students twice during the term (during weeks four and eight). Like all Pen and Paper Writing Workshops, this class is conducted in a safe, nurturing and caring environment.

Class Outline

Week 1: A Quick Review of Nonficition Writing Elements

Week 2: The Process of Drafting

Week 3: How Critiquing is Used

Week 4: Let’s Start Revising

Week 5: A Deeper Look at Characters

Week 6: Digging Down: The Use of Time

Week 7: Further Investigation of the Persona

Week 8: A Look Back & A Finished 1st Draft

Instructor Bio

A Pushcart Prize nominee, C. Gregory Thompson writes short stories, plays, screenplays, novels and memoir. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Storgy Magazine, Writers Resist, Five:2:One, Cowboy Jamboree, Full Grown People, The Offbeat, Printers Row Journal and Reunion: The Dallas Review, among others. Four of his short stories were included in the 2017 New Short Fiction Series. He was named a finalist in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s 2015 Fiction Contest. His short play Cherry won two playwriting awards. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert. He also has a BFA in Film & Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Here he wrote and directed the awarding-winning student film “Elysian Fields.” He recently left a longtime career in the film business as an awards consultant to Hollywood studios and now devotes full time to writing and teaching. He lives in greater Los Angeles, California with his partner. Follow Thompson on Twitter @cgregthompson and on Instagram @cgregorythompson.


“C. Gregory Thompson's short stories are sharp and original slices cut from slightly warped, off-kilter worlds where the fantastical and magical often collides with the hard-bitten truth of daily life. It tastes fresh and fearless.”


Mark Haskell Smith, Author of Naked at Lunch

 “C. Gregory Thompson illuminates the complex lives of a wide range of characters with great empathy, wit, and eloquence. He knows how to weave a compelling tale and present our secret dreams with grace and power.

 Mary Otis, Author of Yes, Yes Cherries

“‘Runner, Runner’ is a fantastic piece. It's the kind of profile of character and place we relish.”

Adam Van Winkle, Editor, Cowboy Jamboree