Story Fundamentals in Creative Nonfiction

with Nicole Treska

Genres: Nonfiction


Open to all levels

1 Session

Start Date: June 14, 2024
End Date: June 14, 2024
Day of Week: Friday
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
Capacity: 100 seats
Member Price: $102.60
General Price: $114.00

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Story structure is essential to creative nonfiction. In this class, we'll dive into the craft of writing beginnings, middles, and ends that keep your reader invested. We'll examine the construction of scenes and stories, the components of a chapter, and narrative throughlines in book-length work. We'll look at the words of Mitchell Jackson, Alexander Chee, Patti Smith, and more and discuss strategies for making the structural process easier. This class includes time for generative writing, editing, and workshopping. You'll leave with an improved ability to structure your creative nonfiction and a better sense of how to weave interiority, themes, and flashbacks into characters and front-moving narratives. Bring a scene to the workshop, no longer than one page.


  • March 12: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 19: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 25: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Nicole Treska

Nicole Treska


Nicole Treska is the author of the debut memoir Wonderland. Her short fiction has appeared in New York Tyrant magazine, Epiphany literary journal, and Egress: New Openings in Literary Art. Her interviews and reviews are up at Electric Literature, Guernica, The Millions, BOMB, The Rumpus, and then some. She lives in Harlem with her husband, James, and their three-legged dog, Nadine.

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