Writing Nonfiction

See what people are saying

  • “I realised the importance of being prepared for an interview and asking the right questions.”

    Jasmine, August 29, 2019

  • “Thank you for the inspiring weekend. I learned interviewing techniques (I’d been focusing mostly on the writing part, not what precedes it), and I’m planning to continue writing nonfiction.”

    Giulia, March 24, 2019

  • “This workshop has set my sails in the right direction. I no longer feel like I am floundering. Grateful that I decided last minute to be part of the workshop.”

    Noëmí, March 24, 2019

  • “I learned many new things:

    • the elements of a good interview
    • the important elements of a story
    • how to analyze texts in terms of structure, voice, etc.
    • what nonfiction should and shouldn’t include
    • how to give positive feedback to promote creativity – how fear and insecurity can block writers
    • how the creative process works for me—and how enjoyable it is

    Lisa is a very professional teacher—she’s passionate and committed to getting the best out of students. She gets you to work professionally from the beginning; the level is high, as is the ethical standard.”

    Carolina, March 24, 2019

  • “I learned to more fully enjoy the process of writing nonfiction—and to stop trying to be perfectionistic when writing. (Perfectionism is just the faulty logic of imperfect wisdom.) I would love to further explore my nonfiction-writing skills and discover more of my creativity as a writer.”

    Daniel, March 24, 2019

  • “I picked up lots of writing techniques—and confidence. I learned that the first draft of a piece doesn’t necessarily say much about its final version. I’ve always felt intimidated by the content of others, because I always believed they jotted it down in just a few minutes. But writing is a lengthy process, and I’m now happy to allow myself to take the time I need.

    I loved every minute of the course. Oh, and thank you for all of the reading recommendations! David Sedaris’ humour piece about the Anne Frank House is my new favourite :)”

    Silja, March 24, 2019

  • “Writing Nonfiction is taught in a very ‘adult’ way. I have never before been to a course in which there are so few prescriptions and the participants were treated as intelligent grown-ups, capable of using guidelines to figure things out for themselves. Also, the course is incredibly practical; I didn’t expect that.”

    Katya, March 24, 2019

  • “Everyone at Writing Nonfiction had a story that was unique and told in a style that was completely original.

    The course was hard work, but only because Lisa has a sneaky way of getting you to think all the time—even when you don’t even realise it! Yet somehow (despite the rigour for a tired unfit brain), the weekend was really fun.”

    Emma, March 24, 2019