Writing Nonfiction

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  • “I learned that there are many ways to write a piece of nonfiction. Before the workshop, I had quite a rigid, formal view of how to write a nonfiction. The highlight of the workshop: that I can write nonfiction in a creative and compelling way.”

    Dilfa, March 25, 2018

  • “I think the main thing I took away from the workshop is that writing is writing, no matter the category or genre. I always had this idea that nonfiction was a completely different animal from fiction, with its own set of rules and its own structure. Now I see nonfiction writing as a big box of Lego: you can only use what is in front of you, but the combinations are infinite.

    Being given a deadline was very helpful. I’m a notoriously slow writer, so being forced to finish something in a such a short time showed me I can produce quality writing without obsessing over every word for days and weeks on end.

    As usual, thanks for the enthusiastic teaching. I don’t know how the instructor is able to keep up that level of energy for a whole weekend workshop; it’s amazing.”

    Ian, March 25, 2018

  • “So glad I went to the workshop. I had been on the lookout for creative writing workshops for a long time, and finally found this, almost by accident (when I attended the Feel at Home in the Hague fair and saw the Amsterdam Writing Workshops stand). And it really didn’t disappoint.

    Except for some occasional contributions to a newsletter for an NGO and personal journaling, I have not had any practice at all in writing nonfiction pieces. This workshop has really motivated me to start, just start, no matter how amateurish I feel.

    I really enjoyed hearing other people’s work and the feedback. I can’t wait to get started on my next nonfiction piece; that’s how motivated I am after the workshop ?”

    Debbie, March 25, 2018

  • “I learned important fundamentals of writing non-fiction. I also learned about my style as a writer and what I need to develop further.

    I found the entire weekend to be enlightening. It was professionally-run, highly engaging and offered an appropriate balance of encouragement and challenge for the participants. An extremely supportive learning environment.”

    Meagan, March 25, 2018

  • “I learned more about how to write in an appealing style and how to improve the draft, stylistically and content-wise.”

    Valeria, March 25, 2018

  • “The tips for thoughtful, respectful interviewing were very helpful. And I think I also (re-)learned the importance of careful listening and good follow-up questions (in some cases, I failed to ask a key question and regretted that when I was writing later!).

    The highlight of the workshop: having the opportunity to produce a written piece and to receive feedback on it. Incredibly useful, stimulating and inspiring. Also the opportunity to hear all the other pieces read aloud, really fascinating to hear so many very different voices.

    Overall, really a positive experience for me, and I’ll recommend it to colleagues.”

    Susan, March 25, 2018

    • I learned that I need to be specific;
    • I learned that if I use an unusual word, I need to contextualize that word;
    • I learned that I do not want to be obvious, but I need to be explicit;
    • I learned that I do not want to confuse the reader;
    • I learned that the writer needs to fulfill the reader’s expectations;
    • I learned that the next step for me in my writing development is reading.

    “The highlight of the workshop was the excitement of writing.”

    Salvador, March 5, 2018

  • “As a content writer at a tech company, I produce profiles and other assorted posts. So this class gave me immediate actionable steps into improving my daily work. But even more so, it has helped me land on nonfiction as the genre of writing I am most passionate about in the immediate, given me the courage to pursue it wholeheartedly and shown me how much more I have to learn about it.

    “I think the instructor gave us a proper foundation to build on, including plenty of applicable techniques. More than just reading and assessing sample pieces, she gave us insight on technique, language, tricks and pro tips that would be hard to come by simply learning online. I was also surprised by how much I learned about interviewing! Having to write a piece overnight was hard but extremely rewarding and I learned a lot about myself, my abilities and aptitude this weekend. Overall, this workshop also helped solidify my passion for writing and point me squarely in the direction of nonfiction. (more…)

    Asha, March 26, 2017