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“Have you always wanted to write but are stumped by the way to tell your own story?” asks instructor Jennifer Lewis. “In this remote class, by exploring different types of creative nonfiction, including personal essay, memoir and autofiction, you will find the unique way to bring your story to life.”

In addition to course readings from authors like Maggie Nelson, Kiese Laymon and Ocean Vuong, class will be comprised of generative writing exercises and workshops. Students will learn how to combine real-world facts and personal anecdotes with literary elements such as character development, dialogue and scene.

Jennifer says, “In a playful manner, we will allow form to dictate content, and as Brenda Miller states, ‘By doing so, we get out of our own way; we bypass what our intellectual minds have already determined as ‘our story’ and instead become open and available to unexpected images, themes and memories.’”

In a safe and supportive environment, this class will expose you to the many ways your story can unfold, and it will open you up to the unexpected. Come see why creative nonfiction has become the most popular genre in the literary and publishing communities.


About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon has moved all onsite classes with an April start date to a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone or computer and access to the web. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your home office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.



    Jennifer Lewis is the editor of Red Light Lit. Her short story, “The New Low,” was the winner of The Bindle Award, forthcoming this fall in the Nomadic Press Journal. In June 2017, she was the first runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Creative Non-Fiction Award for her short story, “Holy Communion.” Her fiction has been published in Cosmonaut’s AvenueEleven ElevenFourteen Hills Press, and Midnight Breakfast. She received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University in May 2015 and was the recipient of the Leo Litwak award for creative non-fiction in 2012 and for fiction in 2015.

  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, April 06, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, April 20, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, April 27, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, May 04, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, May 11, 7:00pm-9:30pm


Tue, April 7 @ 2:00 am PDT
Tue, May 12 @ 4:30 am PDT
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Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

Due to extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, we are open to addressing cancellations on a case-by-case basis.

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