Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop


Course Description

All Autumn 2020 courses will take place on Zoom. Readings will be available online and by in-person retrieval.

Are you an aspiring writer? If you have stories to share and are curious about the people and places you encounter we'd love to have you join us in the Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop.

Effective writing is both an art and a craft that can be continually developed. This course will give you the opportunity to stretch your writing "wings" by exploring many styles and genres of writing. Through weekly short assignments, readings and in-class discussions, we will help you develop the skills of observing, thinking, organizing your thoughts into clear prose, and saying what you mean, as well as other habits of good writers.

The dynamic world of creative nonfiction offers myriad possibilities. We will explore forms as varied as the profile, arts review, and travel writing, culminating in the writing of a personal opinion essay.  

Register early. The maximum number of students is 12.

Books to Purchase

    • Emily Donaldson, ed. Best Canadian Essays 2019.
    • William Zinsser. On Writing Well. (30th anniversary edition, 2012)

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Thursday 24 September 2020

Course Length: 12 weeks, Thursdays, 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Instructors: Pauline Beauchamp and Karen Nesbitt

Degree Credit: Yes

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Degree students, course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers should not register online. 

Degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses at

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers from cancelled Spring 2020 courses, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

If you are a RETURNING student

If you are NEW to TMI