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Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop

8 Weeks • with Carolyn Zaikowski • Int./Adv.

  • Starts Apr 2
  • 525 US dollars
  • Online via Zoom

Available spots

Class Description

This course is designed to give creative nonfiction writers, both those writing short essays and full manuscripts, the opportunity to give and receive feedback on work in progress. Writers may be working in any creative nonfiction genre, including but not limited to personal essay, memoir, travel writing, science and nature writing, political commentary, philosophical or contemplative essays, literary journalism, lyric essay, and hybrid or experimental work. The course offers a model for workshopping in which participants will receive written comments from the group and instructor via Google Docs during the week, before their work is discussed in class. Instead of remaining silent, writers will be an active participant in the conversation about their work, with a focus on revision. Each participant will get the chance to workshop up to 5,000 words at least twice through the course. Participants will also receive readings and occasional writing exercises via email to supplement craft discussions and teacher lectures. For intermediate and advanced writers with a serious commitment to taking their work to the next level. Limited to 8 writers. ​ WEEKLY BREAKDOWN All weeks except the first will involve workshopping for 30-35 minutes for 2-3 students. We will also do an overview of a fundamental creative nonfiction craft topic most weeks, loosely broken down as follows: WEEK ONE: What is creative nonfiction, really? WEEK TWO: Constructing narratives in CNF WEEK THREE: More ways to construct CNF narratives WEEK FOUR: Exposition and writing about ideas WEEK FIVE: Writing about ideas, continued WEEK SIX: The lyric essay WEEK SEVEN: The art of voice WEEK EIGHT: Basic revision methods for CNF INSTRUCTOR CAROLYN ZAIKOWSKI is is the author of two hybrid novels. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared widely, in publications such as The Washington Post, The Rumpus, PANK, West Branch, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and is currently an English professor and volunteer death doula. ​​

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

If you withdraw from a workshop TEN DAYS OR MORE before the start of the class: You'll receive full credit toward another workshop OR a full refund (minus 10%, a transaction fee that is non-refundable and that we would otherwise be charged). If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive a refund minus 20%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We cannot offer credit or any refund. If you are absent on the day of your workshop or miss it for any reason, we are unable to offer any kind of refund or credit. If we have to cancel a class you have paid for, you will receive a full refund, without the service charge deducted. For our full listing of policies, visit www.PioneerValleyWriters.Com, Policies page (under Home). To withdraw and receive a partial refund according to the above, please get in touch with Joy at

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