2016 Workshops
NYU School of Professional Studies
Creative Nonfiction Writing

Explore the process of writing nonfiction with clarity and precision as well as with a poet’s eye. Geared toward both novice writers and out-of-practice scribes, this course guides you through a series of effective exercises to jump-start your nonfiction writing. Emphasis is placed on building self-confidence and developing your individual voice. Write short essays, memoirs, and profiles. Learn to improve tone, style, and point of view through imaginative weekly writing assignments and by reading masters of nonfiction.

Course Number
WRIT1-CE9713
Price
$580.00

Department
Humanities, Arts, and Writing
Program Area
Creative Writing
Wednesday Nights


Witness to History
NYU- SPS

Course Description:

Whether it’s the moon landing, the 9/​​11 terrorist attacks, or the election of the country’s first African-American president, historic, world-changing events can have a very personal impact. In this interactive workshop, choose a reported event—whether witnessed firsthand or through the media—and craft a personal essay that recounts it from your own perspective. Use oral storytelling of personal recollections to shape your essay, and then delve into research to unlock memories and to add context to your story. The only required tools are memory, a notebook and pen, and access to the Internet or a library. Beginners and seasoned writers are welcome.

Course Number

WRIT1-CE9940
Price
$290.00
Department
Humanities, Arts, and Writing
Program Area
Creative Writing
Monday Nights


PRIVATE WORKSHOPS & INDIVIDUAL COACHING

Group Class by audition/​​ invitation only @​​ $50-70 per session depending on enrollment. Prerequisite: a workshop experience, motivation, commitment to critiquing work. I don't run a group class every term.

Individual Coaching @​​ a realistic sliding scale within your budget:

$20-$25 per submission page, @​​$125 - $150 per hour for a F2F, Skype or FT discussion of the critique. Marked-up pages will be returned to you.

I discuss the fee with my students before beginning work. We settle on a fee that is comfortable for both of us.





Carol Bergman’s articles, essays, and interviews have appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and Salon.com. Her essay, “Objects of Desire” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize; her short stories have appeared in many literary magazines. She is the author of biographies of Mae West and Sidney Poitier, a memoir, Searching for Fritzi, two books of novellas, Sitting for Klimt and Water Baby and two novels, Say Nothing and What Returns to Us. She compiled and edited Another Day in Paradise; International Humanitarian Workers Tell Their Stories, nominated for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. She lives in New York City and teaches writing at New York University.