Creative Nonfiction: Write Truth with Style

, Staff Writer, The New Yorker

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Class Project

Write a short piece of creative nonfiction on the most mysterious person you know

About the Class

The rise of sites like Medium and Longreads have inspired a resurgence in creative nonfiction—that compelling, leisurely writing that weaves true ideas and characters into stories that reveal as much about its readers as its subject. But where do those stories come from? And how do they work?

In this class, Susan Orlean, best-selling author and longtime New Yorker staff writer, walks us through her writing process for transforming ordinary subjects into exceptional stories. She reveals how she prepares to write, takes a close look at her classic Esquire piece “The American Male at Age Ten,” and delves into why curiosity, revision, and collaboration are at the heart of being a writer.

In under two hours, this class demystifies the writing craft so that you can write a short and unforgettable profile of your own. Whether you’re an active writer, aspiring freelancer, or simply curious about the power of language, this class will help you navigate and polish the creative process of telling your best story.

More Information

Students of all levels and experience welcome.

Level: Beginner

School: Writing

Related Subjects: Writing & Publishing, Storytelling, Editorial Writing, Journalism, Creative Writing, Creative Nonfiction

At a Glance

  • 14 Video Lessons (1h 48m)
  • 919 Students
  • 100% Positive Reviews (21)
  • Self-Paced Online Class

About the Teacher

Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean

Staff Writer, The New Yorker

Susan Orlean is an acclaimed American journalist. She has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992, and has contributed articles to Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Esquire. She is th...

100% Positive Reviews

Dani Klein Modisett

Dani Klein Modisett

Susan Orlean's series of lectures were so clear, concise and above all, helpful for the practical life of a writer using nonfiction to tell a story.

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