Nonfiction Writing: Craft


Course Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $400

This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

We all know a good story when we read one. But how do we craft one ourselves? This course lays out the tools and tricks every nonfiction writer — from journalists to authors of books or personal essays — use to keep a reader engaged. We’ll explore the fundamental skills for producing vibrant nonfiction, taking a piece from idea to draft to completion.

Designed For

Those interested in writing quality nonfiction.

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What You’ll Learn

  • A working vocabulary for the craft: scene, exposition, dramatic tension and place
  • Techniques for creating strong ledes and keeping a reader hooked
  • How to develop ideas, conduct document research, perform interviews and organize your material
  • Ways to build your personal style through voice, point of view, narrative and literary technique

Learning Format


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

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You'll earn 1.5 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit courses.