Creative Nonfiction: Capture Your Surroundings Premium class

Kenneth R. Rosen, Writer and Journalist

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8 Videos (38m)
    • Welcome to Place

    • Key Concepts and Your Project

    • Reading "Lessons From My Suicide" + 1st Deliverable

    • Reading "A Confederacy of Dunces" + 2nd Deliverable

    • Reading "The Final Walk-Off" + 3rd Deliverable

    • Reading "The Long Fall of Flight 111 Heavy" + 4th Deliverable

    • Reading "Soldier of the Great War"

    • Closing


About This Class

A handful of stories will be selected for submission to Narratively, where editors will work with the writer to develop your work in this class for publication.

In writing, a town or city, room or yard, can be as much a protagonist as flesh and bone. In this class we’ll read clips from both fiction and nonfiction that concern a deep investment in place. We’ll explore how a) people change within different surroundings, b) discuss techniques for revealing hidden traits of yourself, and c) write a nonfiction narrative or essay about going from a place of stress to one of relief.

Students with an interest in essay and memoir writing should enroll to learn more about the mechanics of who, what, where, when and why as applied to writing.

The class project will be a 750-word excerpt for any type of personal or nonfiction writing, with several shorter “warm-up” writing exercises beforehand, gradually building to the final assignment. Entry-level writers and experienced authors are welcome, alike.

No prior writing experience is necessary. Just bring your love of the written word and a story to tell!





Kenneth R. Rosen

Writer and Journalist

KENNETH R. ROSEN works and writes for The New York Times.

Rosen’s writing and reporting has appeared in the TimesThe AtlanticNarratively, Vice, Guernica, Nowhere Magazine, and is forthcoming in Tin House and the Big Roundtable. He writes a monthly food column for Brooklyn Based and is the Special Editions Editor at the Atticus Review.

His essay “Wuthering Travels” was nominated for inclusion in the Best American Travel Writing (2016). He was part of the Times team awarded a Silurians Medallion Award (2015), an SRPI award for feature writing (2013), an SCJ Mark of Excellence Award (2012), and three Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards (2012, 2011).

He attended graduate studies in law and creative nonfiction at Columbia University and is at work on a memoir.