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Creative Nonfiction: How to Craft a Personal Narrative

Daniel Krieger, Journalist

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7 Videos (31m)
    • Class Overview

    • Your Assignment

    • A Weighty Matter

    • Choose a Story and Write a Draft

    • Revise!

    • Then What?

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

Join journalist Daniel Krieger as he shows you how to craft a nonfiction personal narrative, with an in-depth look at its parts. He’ll illuminate the process by deconstructing a story that he wrote for the New York Times Magazine Lives column. He will also talk about choosing the right story, strategies for composing it, how to revise it, and what might come next. For the project, all you need to do is come up with a discovery you made that affected you that you’d like to share. This class is appropriate for anyone who gets a thrill out of writing true stories, and the skills you learn can be applied to just about any form of storytelling.

58 of 58 students recommendSee All

An excellent course worth reviewing time and time again. It provides well thought through steps in starting in personal narratives. Daniel is an engaging presenter with genuine experience of his subject. It is difficult not to be enthused to pick a pen and start.
For me, the nuts and bolts of elements of story structure were most useful. Very good production values also. Recommended for nonfiction writing generally, but of course especially if you're interested in personal essay.
A very helpful breakdown with lots of interesting tips... thanks for this class!





Daniel Krieger


A freelance journalist in New York, Daniel Krieger has contributed regularly to the New York Times in recent years, both features and breaking news reporting, as well as other publications, writing about wellness, New York life, and Japan. He grew up in New York, has lived in Japan and Argentina, and speaks Japanese and Spanish. For many years, he was also an ESL teacher, most recently at Columbia University's American Language Program.

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