Creative Nonfiction: Write Truth with Style Premium class

Susan Orlean, Staff Writer, The New Yorker

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15 Videos (1h 49m)
    • Trailer

      01:34
    • Introduction

      06:43
    • Subject: Finding Your Topic

      09:35
    • Subject: Finding "The American Male at Age Ten"

      07:15
    • Research: Preparing for Reporting

      09:10
    • Research: Reporting

      09:16
    • Research: Organizing Notes

      09:59
    • Writing: Elements of a Story

      09:41
    • Writing: Dialogue and Quotes

      06:02
    • Writing: Description

      04:45
    • Writing: Expert Opinion

      03:16
    • Writing: Conclusions

      10:07
    • Editing: Revising

      09:58
    • Editing: Collaborating

      03:08
    • The Ongoing Work of a Writer

      08:51

About This 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.

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This was an awesome class. Everything has a formula, or recipe, including something that is a creative process. Well that is what I got out of this. I like content based on facts and real events, but I have always battled to put them across in a creative, gripping way, that comes in the form of a story. This class gives a structured approach to delivering the story without losing sight of the facts.
Thabo Hermanus

Forever the explorer

Susan Orlean is a brilliant teacher who delivers concise, direct and striking writing advice.
A really great overview of the components of non-fiction writing, presented in a warm and approachable way by a very accomplished writer. This class was extremely inspiring!

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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 StoneVogue, and Esquire. She is the author of eight books, including The Orchid Thief (later adapted into Spike Jonze's Adaptation, in which Meryl Streep portrayed Orlean) and the New York Times bestseller Rin Tin Tin.

She was a 2004 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In 2012, she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Michigan. She has served as a judge for many literary prizes, including the National Book Awards, the Bellevue Literary Prize, and the Iowa Review Awards.

Susan divides her time between Los Angeles and New York. Her Twitter bio reads "Writer, writer, writer. Oh, I also write."