How to Write Creative Nonfiction with Courage

Learn how to shape your experiences into an unforgettable essay or memoir.

January 18 + 19, 2023

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What you will learn

The rules for writing creative nonfiction (and when to break them)!

A variety of ways to shape your experiences into an essay or memoir.

The connection between memoir writing and healing.

How to craft an unforgettable personal essay in three parts.

How to move through writer's block by making your body your most trusted creative ally.

Your Hosts

Janelle Hardy Headshot

Janelle Hardy

Author, teacher, artist

Nicole Breit Headshot

Nicole Breit

Author and teacher

Janelle Hardy is the creator and teacher of an online transformational memoir-writing course called the Art of Personal Mythmaking. This process uses body-based, trauma-informed writing prompts, fairytales and themed modules to support creative folks who are interested in healing from their life stories as they write their memoirs.

Nicole Breit is an award-winning author, writing instructor and the creator of the Spark Your Story Lab, an online program for creative nonfiction writers. She lives and writes from Canada’s Sunshine Coast on the ancestral territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) people. Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies including Brevity, The Fiddlehead, Room, Hippocampus, Pithead Chapel, Event, Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories and Getting to the Truth: The Craft and Practice of Creative Nonfiction. Nicole’s essay about first love and loss, “An Atmospheric Pressure”, was selected as a Notable by the editors of Best American Essays 2017.