In Nonfiction Writing I, we'll study the art of the essay, the nonfiction novel, the memoir, the magazine story, and the unclassifiable. Workshops of your own work will be supplemented by craft exercises and discussions. Students should have some prior workshop experience, either through Berlin Writers' Workshop (Creative Writing I) or a similar organization. A writing sample may be required.

This class is taught in English.



8-week workshop

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Cost: €275. 

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Best in the business...

“The instructors at the Berlin Writers' Workshop are among the best in the business: brilliant writers, thorough editors, thoughtful teachers, and insightful critics. That all this literary talent has descended on Berlin is tremendously exciting”

— Carmen Maria Machado, author, Her Body and Other Parties

Erudition and generosity...

"Bennett Sims is a gentle giant of erudition and one of the most thoroughgoing thinkers you’ll ever meet. He reads student work with tremendous generosity and always seems to find the crucial revision that will allow the piece to go deeper and do its truest work."

— Mark Mayer, author, The Aerialists

Enormously helpful...

"Whether offering me practical guidance about how to restructure a story, recommending a book or essay that I might find useful, or simply encouraging me to keep going, their intelligence and mentorship have helped me and my writing enormously."

— Ariel Lewiton, Director of Marketing and Publicity, Sarabande Books


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