CNF201: Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

You’re working on a memoir. Or you write pieces of personal stories that you don’t know how to weave together into a larger project–maybe it’s an essay or maybe it could be a book-length project? Regardless of the type of nonfiction you’ve got going on in your writing life, the bottom line is you need readers and you need feedback. This advanced creative nonfiction course is just that: 6 weeks of workshopping with other creative nonfiction writers.

In this 6-week course you will have the opportunity to workshop twice. You will get detailed feedback from me, an in-depth discussion of your piece during our weekly course meetings, and feedback from your fellow workshop participants.

Each session is capped at 8 writers and each writer will have an opportunity to workshop twice during the 6-week course.

Get on the wait list for CNF201

At the end of 6 weeks you will:

  • understand how the literary world talks about creative nonfiction as a genre
  • have read excellent examples of creative nonfiction’s different forms
  • have your writing workshopped two times & receive in-depth feedback
  • increase your proficiency reading creative nonfiction critically
  • practice evaluating creative nonfiction and offer feedback to fellow workshop participants
  • be familiar with many resources available for continuing to explore creative nonfiction

What past participants have to say about CNF201:

“Janna is a terrific writing coach! I’m a neophyte. This was my first CNF Workshop, but it definitely won’t be my last. Enjoyed the time spent with fellow writers. It’s nice knowing that what HAPPENS in CNF201 (great storytelling and constructive criticism) STAYS in CNF201.”
-Jodie M.

“Janna offers us a rare opportunity to learn, share, and grow in our creative nonfiction craft. Her workshop made us better readers and stronger writers. Plus, it’s a lot fun!”
-Patricia H.

“As writers we benefit from continued stretching. I like the stretch and the reach I get when I take Janna’s classes. I emerge feeling my muscles and tissue stronger, and I even miss the workout when class is over.”
-Kimberly E.

“Last night I completed my second creative nonfiction writing class with Janna Marlies Maron. I walked out of the room filled with energy, and feeling on top of the world. I’ve found my tribe: those who love words, love stories, and need to write.”
-Joella A.

“I loved Janna’s CNF201 Workshop. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for–thoughtful feedback from other creative nonfiction writers. Very helpful! I would recommend this workshop to anyone who’s interested in digging in to their creative nonfiction writing.”
-Kneece C.

About the Instructor

Janna Marlies Maron holds an MA in Creative Writing and has been writing creative nonfiction for nearly her entire life, but she never knew what to call it until grad school. She has six years of professional publishing experience at both newspapers and magazines, and she’s also an editor and publisher of creative nonfiction. You may have heard of her magazine, Under the Gum Tree, which exclusively publishes creative nonfiction. The magazine celebrated its three-year anniversary in October 2014, which means that Janna has read hundreds of submissions and can speak directly to what works and what doesn’t work in the genre. You can read more about Janna on the about page of this website or by reading her blog where she shares her personal story, which is the driving force behind her passion for creative nonfiction.

What do I need to participate?

You will need to have reliable internet access, an email address that you check regularly, access to Google drive for sharing workshop writing, and your preferred method of writing (by hand with a pen or pencil in a journal, or by typing on a laptop or tablet). You will also need access to a printer if you prefer to print assigned readings, which will be posted online for you to download on a weekly basis.

Do I need to have experience writing nonfiction?

Yes. This course is designed specifically for writers who have experience writing creative nonfiction and who are at the stage where they would like to receive feedback on their work. We will have short prompts and homework assignments geared toward revising and improving existing work. Come prepared to share your writing with fellow creative nonfiction writers.

When and where will the course be held? And what’s the cost?

All of this info will be updated soon. In the meantime, get on the waitlist for CNF201 so that you’re the first to know as soon as the next session is available!