Creative Writing For Teens and Adults Overview

Nonfiction 1

In this six-week course, students will read craft essays and look at and explore the various shapes and forms of personal narrative. The class will teach different techniques from hybrid experimental work, braided narrative, to the fashionable lyric essay. We will discuss overarching issues such as memory and truth as well as techniques such as perspective, transitions, and the use of sensory detail. The first part of the course will be devoted to exploring the various types of nonfiction through generative (homework and in-class) writing exercises. In the second half of the class, students will have the chance to workshop their writing in a serious, respectful, and community oriented environment meant to challenge and inspire each member of the class. Nonfiction I is also open to more experienced writers who want to brush up on the basics or try their hand at a new nonfiction form. During class tea, coffee, and sparkling water—and the occasional charcuterie—will be served. 

Space is limited to only 12 students and a minimum of 7 are needed to hold the class

Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:00 PM, April 10 - May 15, 2019
The Wrightwood Arts Center, 6020 Park Dr
$100/6-week session
Class is open to anyone 15 years and older


  • no refunds for cancellation

  • if the minimum student count is not met, we reserve the right to cancel any class. However, we will contact you first to discuss possible arrangements, hoping to keep all classes open.




Melissa Chadburn 

BA in English
MFA in Creative Writing