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.

71 of 71 students recommendSee All

Daniel provides a clear, concise summary of the elements essential to any piece of narrative nonfiction. He explains his own experiences submitting work for publication, being rejected, and finally having his first piece accepted with the same clarity, honesty, and enthusiasm he uses to explain the course material. I learned more from Dianiel's short course than I did from a two-day writing workshop I attended two years ago.
Excellent class. Explaining the elements of the structure while analyzing an example was enlightening. Knowing that even an experienced writer struggles with structure and order is helpful for people like me, who are just beginning to write and are full of self-doubt. Great job!
Erick Mazer Yamashita

Designer at Nubank

This is a brilliant class and Daniel gives some extremely crucial lessons that I'd like to keep revisiting time and again. I highly recommend this class. Would like to apply the techniques he taught to my own writing from now on.





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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