Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

  • Course Tutor: Susanna Forrest
  • When: Monday evenings 19:30 - 21:30
  • Start date: 30 May 2022
  • Where: Online
  • Number of Sessions: 7
  • Maximum Participants: 12
  • Cost: €225 (incl. VAT)

Creative nonfiction is a dynamic, capacious genre. Essays and long-form pieces blur memoir, travel, reportage and commentary. Food writing gets mixed up in social history. Nature writing combines science, lyricism and cultural studies. This seven-session workshop provides a supportive space for writers of all levels to get a sense of the tremendous possibilities of nonfiction, whether they’re working on existing texts or looking for fresh ideas. It can also be helpful for copywriters or scholars looking for new angles. We’ll give close feedback, explore diverse texts from a wide range of writers and try out creative exercises. We’ll discuss the ethics and intricacies of wrestling fact into narrative while crafting descriptions that are vivid but accurate.


SUSANNA FORREST is the author of two critically acclaimed nonfiction titles that incorporate history, travel, memoir and reportage. Her latest, The Age of the Horse, was described as “superb” (Economist) and “a fascinating, lucid and sometimes elegantly literary book” (Sydney Morning Herald).

Susanna is currently working on Amazons of Paris, a book based on a series of biographical essays about nineteenth-century circus stars first published on the Paris Review Daily blog. She has written for LitHub, NPR Food, The Atlantic, the New York Times, the Guardian and Spiegel Online, among others. She lives in Sweden.


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“I signed up for Susanna Forrest’s Creative Nonfiction course because I wanted to find a way into writing for fun again and, luckily, it was exactly what I needed. I found the sessions really valuable and inspiring. Each meeting was so well-structured and planned and the reading materials Susanna shared with the group were always varied and thought-provoking. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who’s keen to explore the art of writing creative nonfiction.” –  Anna-Marie Fitzgerald

“I took Susanna Forrest’s advanced nonfiction class and it absolutely exceeded my expectations. She provides an excellent structure and class environment in which to explore, ideate, and of course get down to work. The readings and other materials she provides are exceptional and never excessive, and her feedback is always astute, on point and encouraging. I started the course with a very rough draft and ended it with something ready for submission. I would highly recommend the course, and Susanna as an instructor.” Maree J. Hamilton

“I did Susanna Forrest’s Creative Non-Fiction parts one and two, and it’s honestly not an exaggeration to say it was life-changing. She led us through discussions that made me interrogate my own work in new ways, and taught me how to continue learning from the writing I admire. The energy in those sessions has carried through and our group are still meeting to share work and talk ideas many months after the end of course. I think we’re all very grateful to Susanna for bringing us together!” Ruby Russell

“Susanna’s Introduction to Creative Nonfiction group was my introduction to ‘writing the real.’ I wanted to experiment with my writing voice, deepen craft skills and form writerly friendships. One happy customer here. Plus, I am very proud of the piece I wrote with Susanna’s expert feedback.”

“After doing two courses with Susanna, I can say that she single-handedly inspired me to keep writing. She has a keen eye for what works and  what needs tweaking, a knack for finding the right words to motivate you, was always fair and considerate to everyone in the room but still managed to give hugely important criticism, did not talk for the sake of it but only when it mattered — in short, she is an absolutely fantastic and gifted teacher!” Lucy Jones


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