Online Course

Start Writing Creative Non-Fiction – fully booked!

Monday 24 January
Online
12 weeks
£475

UEA University of East Anglia

12-week online writing course begins Monday 24 January 2022.

Discover the core techniques for writing creative non-fiction, be it a biography, reportage, nature writing or another of the many flourishing forms within this exciting field of writing. Whether you have started to write and would like help moving forward or simply have an idea you’d like to explore, this course will give you the essential tools you need to progress.

Classes are capped at 15 places to ensure a high-quality experience. Book quickly to secure your place.

This course is designed for writers aged 18+. If you’re looking for courses suitable for younger writers, check out these online workshops!

Enjoy a free digital copy of Hinterland Magazine! All Start Writing Creative Non-Fiction students can access a free digital copy of Hinterland Magazine and a discount on future purchases.

Fully booked!

To join the waiting list for this course please email info@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk

Take a look at our other tutored online courses.

What the course covers

This course will teach you how to start work on a non-fiction book. You will learn how to:

  1. Conduct online and archival research
  2. Improve your interview technique
  3. Create an effective structure for your non-fiction narrative
  4. Find the right voice (or voices) to tell the story
  5. Craft compelling prose that engages the reader
  6. Convey a sense of place in your writing
  7. Create a multifaceted portrayal of a biographical subject
  8. Polish up your general writing and communication skills

By the end of the course you will have:

  • Become familiar with a range of non-fiction forms and voices
  • Improved your ability to draw interesting and relevant information from documentary, visual and audio sources
  • Improved your ability to extract useful information from interviewees
  • A stronger understanding of how to tell a compelling story
  • The necessary skills to progress your non-fiction project with confidence

Please note:

It is not essential to have a work in progress before embarking on this course.

This course has been designed to give you the tools and techniques you need to write a piece of creative non-fiction. Not all the assignments and exercises will be directly related to the project or idea you are working on, but all provide transferable skills you can use for your specific project. 

If you are interested in writing your own life story, please consider our Introduction to Memoir course instead. 

‘I can’t commend this course highly enough.  It covered all the key aspects of non-fiction writing, and along the way introduced me to authors and styles I had not met before.’ Lisa Tulfer, 2020 student


About the tutors

There are two tutors available for this course. There is the opportunity to select your preference during checkout.

Keiron PimKeiron Pim’s book Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock’n’Roll Underworld (Jonathan Cape), was hailed as ‘the best debut’ biography of 2016 by Kathryn Hughes in her end of year round-up in the Guardian and as a Book of the Year by The Times. It was longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, shortlisted in the Wales Book of the Year Awards’ category for Creative Non-Fiction and won the Biography and Memoir category at the 2016 East Anglian Book Awards. Before that Keiron wrote The Bumper Book of Dinosaurs, and edited and introduced Into the Light: the Medieval Hebrew Poetry of Meir of Norwich (East Publishing, 2013), collaborating with the National Centre for Writing to publish this significant poet’s complete works in translation for the first time.

Keiron spent 13 years at the Eastern Daily Press. Since leaving in 2013 he has written for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator. Alongside his writing, Keiron works as a proofreader, an editor and a mentor to aspiring non-fiction authors. He is married with three daughters and lives in Norwich. He is represented by Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander Associates. Website

Dan Richards was born in Wales in 1982, grew up in Bristol and graduated from UEA in 2004. His first book, Holloway — co-authored with Robert Macfarlane & illustrated by Stanley Donwood — was published by Faber in 2013 and became a Sunday Times bestseller. The Beechwood Airship Interviews, (HarperCollins, 2015) took a journey into the creative process, head-spaces and workplaces of some of Britain’s celebrated artists, craftsman and technicians including Bill Drummond, Judi Dench, Jenny Saville, Manic Street Preachers & Stewart Lee. Climbing Days (Faber, 2016), was an exploration of the writing and climbing lives of Dan’s great-great-aunt and uncle — Dorothy Pilley & I.A. Richards. Outpost (Canongate), a book about far flung shelters and eyries, isolation and wilderness was published in the UK, Commonwealth and USA in April 2019. Dan has written for publications including the Guardian, The Economist, Monocle, Slightly Foxed, Lodestars Anthology, Ernest Journal, and The Quietus. His Twitter handle is Dan_Zep

Dan’s course is fully booked!


How it works

All you need is a computer and an internet connection. You can find out more about the requirements here.

The twelve-week course is divided into six fortnightly modules. Participants will analyse extracts from published texts and sources of information including documents and film and audio clips, before discussing them with the tutor and fellow students.

The modules are posted fortnightly. Every two weeks you will submit an assignment to your tutor, who will then respond with constructive feedback and advice.

There are two live Zoom sessions during this course:

Dan’s course:

  • Wednesday 2 February at 7pm

Keiron’s course:

  • Thursday 10 February at 7pm

Click here to find out more about how our courses work and whether they’re right for you!

This is a practical and engaging course with direct, expert tutor feedback.

‘I have nothing but praise for this course, and especially for Ed as a tutor.’ Lisa Tulfer, 2020 student

Designed by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing.

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