Writing Creative Non-Fiction Essays with Sophie Cunningham

Everything you need to know about the creative possibilities in essay writing

Join award-winning writer Sophie Cunningham in this unique writing course all about crafting compelling and persuasive essays.

This workshop takes as its starting point the belief that all non-fiction is creative. It demands that a writer isolate particular details from a plethora of detail, that they elucidate broad and complex subjects. But how can we find an emotional connection to the facts, for both the writer and the reader? How do we find the patterns in a story that will help us communicate in a way that feels discursive and engaged rather than hectoring?

You’ll learn:
  • To experiment with composition, structure and voice in your essay-writing
  • How to find pattern and details in your subject topic
  • How to use yourself in service of the story
  • About rhythm, repetition and restraint in writing

Scroll down to see the full course curriculum and a list of frequently asked questions.

"Sophie’s workshop is full of practical advice and concrete examples of how to put theories and techniques into practice, which I found really helpful. It’s useful to follow as you write a whole piece from start to finish, but equally as useful if you’re partway through a project and are trying to shift your writing out of a rut."

"This workshop explores
elements of the writing process that I had not considered before, including dynamic ways to approach structure and theme...it's comprehensive and leaves you feeling much more confident and encouraged to write

Until 12 February KYD Members receive a $50 discount on this course and all other KYD workshops. Become a member here, or contact [email protected] for more information.

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Your Instructor

Sophie Cunningham
Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham is a former publisher and editor and an award-winning writer. She is the author of five books, the most recent of which is City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest (2019). She is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University in the School Media and Communication in the College of Design and Social Context.

Course Curriculum

  Welcome to Writing Creative Non-Fiction Essays
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. We encourage you to approach this material not just as lessons to be finished once and for all, but also as a collection of resources to which you can return time and again.
How long do I have access to the course?
Forever! After enrolling, you have unlimited lifetime access to this course - across any and all devices you own.
Does the teacher provide feedback?
No. If you are interested in receiving feedback on your project, we encourage you to check out KYD's Manuscript Assessment Service: https://killyourdarlings.com.au/shop/manuscript-assessments/
What if I decide the course isn’t right for me?
We offer a 30 day money-back guarantee. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How do I access my course?
All our online workshops are hosted at workshops.killyourdarlings.com.au, via the Teachable platform. You can access your workshop by logging in at that link, or by following the link in your welcome email when you enrol. Please note that as the Teachable platform is a separate website to KYD you will need to create a new account, and will not be able to use your KYD login details.
I'm a KYD member. How do I receive my 10% discount?
Click on 'Enrol in course for $149'. Enter the coupon code that was emailed to you when you became a KYD member at checkout, underneath the tutor's photo.
What if I have another question?
You can email us at [email protected] and we'll be happy to help!

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