Private Instruction in Creative Nonfiction
For students interested in writing memoirs, travel narratives, or lyric essays, our experienced instructors can help them navigate the wide-ranging possibilities of creative nonfiction. From its earliest pioneers (St. Augustine, Montaigne) to contemporary practitioners like Annie Dillard and Jon Krakauer, the genre is flexible and exciting. A student may wish to write about a significant journey, encounter, or childhood event; or to explore the collision of personal experience with political history; or to document, in innovative ways, the natural world.
The goals of our creative nonfiction program are threefold:
- Build the student’s core writing skills.
- Acquaint the student with a variety of styles, forms, and techniques in creative nonfiction.
- Draft and revise nonfiction pieces that can be submitted for publication or as part of a college application portfolio.
Our creative writing programs are ideally suited for enrichment, either as extracurricular activities during the school year or as a way to keep students intellectually engaged during the long break from school. A typical program in creative nonfiction involves one 60-90 minute session per week, with writing and reading assignments for the student to complete independently and discuss at the following session. In addition to short exercises targeting different elements of craft, the student will draft (and extensively revise) 2-3 personal essays, memoir pieces, and/or travel narratives.
If advanced students seek to publish their work, our tutors can guide them to appropriate venues (print and online journals, school magazines, local newspapers) and help them compose submission cover letters.
Our Creative Nonfiction Instructors:
Our team of creative nonfiction instructors includes the tutors below. Click on the instructor’s short profile to access his or her full profile: