Writing Creative Nonfiction

Course tutor: Susanna Forrest
When: Mondays, 19:30-21:30
Date: January 23, 2023
Where: Online
Number of sessions: 7
Maximum participants: 12
Cost: €225 (incl. VAT)

Writing Creative Nonfiction

This class embraces genres from memoir to reportage, travel, criticism, history, science, polemic and more, and that’s without even bringing up the multitude of voices, languages and styles it encompasses. It’s a lively and often messy arena where the definition of “factual” has often been handled just as creatively as vocabulary, and writers’ choices have not always been ethical.

This course celebrates and explores the creative nonfiction landscape and will guide you in turning your experiences, curiosity and research into written work. We’ll discuss the tools you can use and the questions you need to address, and how to build writing and, more importantly, thinking about writing, into your day. There will be time and prompts for creating your own material, workshopping rounds, and we’ll also explore a diverse series of nonfiction extracts by authors from around the world.

Email us at hello@thereaderberlin.com to sign up!

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.


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

Susanna’s CNF 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.

Clementine Burley

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

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 Hamilton



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