Creative Non-Fiction Course

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Start Date: 5th March 2024
Duration: 6 Weeks
Price: $299
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Welcome to our Online Creative Non-Fiction Writing Course!

Embark on a six-week journey to master the art of creative non-fiction writing with our comprehensive and engaging online course. This course offers a unique opportunity to develop your writing skills with personalised guidance from our dedicated tutors based in New Zealand.

What You Get

  • Weekly Modules: Each week, you will receive a new module containing text lessons that can be accessed at your convenience. With no set class times, you have the flexibility to work through the course materials at your own pace.
  • Time Commitment: We recommend allocating 2-3 hours weekly to complete the coursework and assignments.
  • Weekly Assignments: To help you stay on track and monitor your progress, you will submit a written assignment each week. Your dedicated online tutor will review it and provide personalized feedback.
  • Course Content: Over the six weeks, you will explore various forms of creative non-fiction, cover essential topics, engage in practical exercises, and complete several short pieces of your own.
  • Global Access: While Creative Writing NZ is located in New Zealand, our courses are open to participants worldwide.

Why Choose Our Online Creative Non-Fiction Writing Course?

  • Flexibility: With no set class times, you can work on the course materials whenever it suits you, making it perfect for busy schedules.
  • Personalized Feedback: Our dedicated tutors provide weekly written feedback on your assignments, ensuring a tailored learning experience.
  • Extended Access: Even after the course ends, you will have lifetime access to the course materials, giving you time to review and refresh your skills.

What to Expect in Our Weekly Modules

Lesson 1: Creative Non-Fiction Defined
The first lesson asks what creative non-fiction is. It introduces you to crucial research strategies and narrative techniques to make readers pick up your creative non-fiction.

Lesson 2: People in Creative Non-Fiction
This lesson shows you how to write characters in non-fiction through helpful, everyday exercises and literary skills like symbolism.

Lesson 3: Place in Creative Non-Fiction
The third lesson shows you how to write a non-fiction setting. It covers various topics, such as advice on effective characterisation and figuring out your writing purpose.

Lesson 4: Writing Personally
This lesson approaches one of the complex forms of creative non-fiction, the personal narrative. Through expert advice, it guides you through writing a personal narrative of your own by using affective language with which your readers can engage.

Lesson 5: Writing Subjectively
This lesson shows you another form of creative non-fiction, the subjective review. It clarifies the difference between objective and subjective writing and provides multiple examples to practice your non-fiction skills.

Lesson 6: Writing Life
The final lesson shows you how to write an autobiography or memoir. It also shows you how to edit your non-fiction, so publishers love it!

Getting Started

Join us today and not only learn to tell your story but unlock your full creative non-fiction writing potential!

To find out more about how the online courses work, or if you have any further queries, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at

Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.

Start Date

5th March


6 Weeks




Lena Fransham

About The Tutor

Lena Fransham
Lena Fransham is a writer and editor from the east coast of Northland. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Massey University and her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Overland, Takahē, and other publications in Aotearoa and Australia. In 2015 she was co-editor of Pukeahu: An exploratory anthology. She has been the managing editor of Headland journal since 2022.