Master Class: Nonfiction Writing (ONLINE)


This online workshop gives you the opportunity for a dive deep into what makes writing matter―from gathering information to crafting it into compelling sentences. You’ll tap into the skills of professional writers for an intense week of instruction, discussion, writing, workshopping, and revision. You’ll learn to read like a writer, sussing out what makes writing work. You’ll read and discuss excellent writing created by experts as well as the ongoing projects of fellow students, work individually with the instructors to refine and shape your own projects, and participate in round-table discussions with accomplished authors and journalists. Two hours of each instructional day will be set aside for sustained, concentrated writing. This is a workshop on craft, structure, and the art of writing great nonfiction, and a rare opportunity to be guided closely by top writers. (35 hours)

Haven Kimmel is the author of eight books: Two memoirs, the #1 New York Times bestseller A Girl Named Zippy and She Got Up Off the Couch, and Other Heroic Tales from Mooreland, Indiana; four novels; and two books for children. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in creative writing and studied with the novelist Lee Smith at North Carolina State University. She is currently working on a horror novel and a nonfiction collection of essays about Quakerism. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Janine Latus is a freelance journalist and the author of If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder and Liberation, which made bestseller lists in New York, London, and Toronto. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a former board member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Her work has appeared in Discover, O, The Oprah Magazine, Parents, Fitness, More, and dozens of other magazines and websites. She is at work on her second book, helping young adults understand the full spectrum of abuse in relationships.

Barry Yeoman is a Durham, North Carolina–based freelance magazine journalist whose recent work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, onEarth, National Wildlife, and The Baffler. He is the author of “The Gutbucket King,” a longform multimedia profile of New Orleans bluesman Little Freddie King, published by The New New South. He specializes in putting human faces on complex social, political, and environmental issues. His website is

Additional information:

This course will be held using Zoom. The instructor will send further instructions for class access and equipment needed closer to the start date. 

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Please keep in mind that, while students need to be available during the listed course times, some of that time will be devoted to working on individual projects. Your instructor will communicate with you about the class schedule and the times that the class will convene online as a group as well as the times that will be spent working on your own.

Section A

Taught by Barry Yeoman and Haven Kimmel

Monday–Friday, June 8–12: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Section B

Taught by Barry Yeoman and Janine Latus

Monday–Friday, August 3–7: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


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