Non-Fiction Writing Courses
Our creative non-fiction courses offer an inspiring and supportive environment for memoirists and life writers.
Our non-fiction writing courses: an overview
Our non-fiction courses are offered online and in-person and will give you all the tools you need for your project: how to research, how to select and shape story material, how to edit and where to take things next.
Our online non-fiction courses include five-day events, month-long self-paced courses and longer, more advanced options.
Your tutor – themselves an experienced memoirist or narrative non-fiction writer – will offer their own expertise as well as creating a sensitive, respectful and energising space for the group to share and develop their projects with each other.
Who are these courses for?
Always wanted to write an autobiography? Start here – with introductory and intermediate courses available to help, you'll learn how to best begin putting your story on the page.
Whether the life you want to document is yours or someone else's, our courses will show you how to collect and organise your material into the most compelling narrative shape.
Fiction writers moving genre
You have some experience with fictional narratives, but telling a life story is something different. Learn how to apply the skills you already have and gain new ones to help with a creative non-fiction project.
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What do these levels mean?
Our non-fiction writing courses are led by acclaimed memoirists and authors, each experienced in helping writers get to the heart of their non-fiction project.
Julia Blackburn was born in London in 1948, the daughter of the poet Thomas Blackburn and the painter Rosalie de Meric. Her first book...More About This Tutor
Miranda Doyle's family come from the tiny island of Coney in Sligo Bay. She grew up in Edinburgh alongside three brothers and...More About This Tutor
Katherine Angel is the author of Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again (Verso, 2021), Daddy Issues (Peninsula Press, 2019), and...More About This Tutor
Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of a number of works of travel, history and fiction, including The Bronski House...More About This Tutor
The whole experience was fabulous and exceeded my expectations... [it] opened my eyes and my book came to life. This course was a wonderful experience and I will never forget it and always be grateful for it.
[it] opened my eyes and my book came to life. This course was a wonderful experience and I will never forget it and always be grateful for it.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the main types of non-fiction?
There are many types of non-fiction writing, including histories, academic texts, journalism and self-help. Most of our courses focus on memoir and life-writing, though some, like our Fiction Skills: Reseach online course, cover more general skills to aid non-fiction writing.
How experienced do I need to be to take these courses?
You don’t need to have written any non-fiction before to take the majority of these courses. You’ll find a level guide on each of the individual course pages to indicate whether it’s suitable for beginners or if a little more experience is required.
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