This class focuses on the basics of creative nonfiction, how it differs from traditional nonfiction, and why the genre is quickly gaining in popularity. We will talk about what creative nonfiction is (telling a true story in a creative way using elements of fiction such as plot, setting, character development) and what it isn't (using creative license to the point in which a true story is no longer true). We will discuss how and why creative nonfiction can be a powerful form of writing, and will look at works by some of the genre’s greats, including Lee Gutkind, Joan Didion, and Jean Marie Laskas. Participants are welcome to bring a work-in-progress. All participants are encouraged to come with questions relating to the genre.