Writing Creative Nonfiction

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Professor Tilar J. Mazzeo, Ph.D.
Colby College
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Learn details about each stage of the writing process, from conducting preliminary research to making final revisions.
  • numbers Learn what three things every good book must have, and discover how to balance ambiguity with enough information.
  • numbers Investigate ways to make a good pitch, get published, build an audience, and become a stronger writer.

Course Overview

We all have a story we want to share with others. Maybe it's a funny or dramatic moment in your everyday life. Perhaps it's an unforgettable trip overseas or a heartwarming family reunion. Or possibly even the life of a close relative or public figure that has inspired you in some unique way. Regardless of the story or experience, there's no better way to write, record, and share it than through the power of creative nonfiction.

Bringing together the imaginative strategies of fiction storytelling and new ways of narrating true, real-life events, creative nonfiction is the fastest-growing part of the creative writing world—and the fastest-growing part of the market for books as well. It's a cutting-edge genre that's reshaping how we write (and read) everything from biographies and memoirs to blogs and public speaking scripts to personal essays and magazine articles.

But learning the secrets and techniques of creative nonfiction offers you so much more than just insights into this exciting style of writing. Mastering the art and craft of creative nonfiction can

  • help you write more effectively in a variety of professional and personal situations,
  • provide dynamic new ways for you to preserve life experiences as they truly occurred or as you felt them,
  • allow you to share your stories in ways that other people are sure to find compelling, and
  • open up new windows on how you think about your own personal history—and the personal history of others.

Whether you're looking to launch into a new professional career as a creative nonfiction writer, dabble in the genre as a pastime, start a personal blog, or simply get inside the mind of a creative nonfiction writer at work, you'll find much to learn from and enjoy in Writing Creative Nonfiction. These 24 lectures by award-winning writing instructor and Professor Tilar J. Mazzeo of Colby College, a New York Times best-selling author, are a chance for you to explore the entire process of writing creative nonfiction, from brainstorming for the perfect idea to getting your final product noticed by literary agents and publishers. Filled with helpful tips and techniques, memorable examples from well-known writers, and engaging exercises, it's a learning experience that proves that—with the right instructor—writing creative nonfiction can be mastered, practiced, and enjoyed by anyone with a desire to share his or her personal story.

Explore All Aspects of the Creative Nonfiction Craft

More dynamic than a simple how-to writing guide you could find in a bookstore, Professor Mazzeo's interactive lectures are a chance for you to learn right alongside a master professor and best-selling writer as she guides you through all aspects of the process.

  • Fundamentals of creative nonfiction: Many of the lectures unpack fundamental concepts and principles involved in writing creative nonfiction. These include narrative arcs, captivating beginnings, sentence variation, perspective, characterization, dialogue, and metaphors. You'll uncover ways to decide how to best employ them to fit your particular work as well as to make your writing more engaging—without breaking the nonfiction contract with your reader.
  • Writing process: Pulling from her own personal experience as a writer, Professor Mazzeo guides you through each stage of writing creative nonfiction, from researching your topic to revising your first draft. Along the way, she offers tips and advice for everything from working around the problem of missing sources to pushing your way through writer's block to finding a community of writers who can offer you constructive criticism.
  • Publishing tips: How do you find the right agent? What goes into a successful book proposal? How can you find out which publications are the right venues for your pieces? In a series of lectures centered on the practical business of marketing and publishing your work, you'll discover the answers to these and other questions about getting your start as a published—and maybe even professional—writer.

Learn Tricks of the Creative Nonfiction Writer's Trade

"I'm an English professor and a writer myself,"notes Professor Mazzeo at the start of her course. "And what I can tell you is that there are tricks of the trade; things that published writers—the people whose books you've read and enjoyed and recommended to friends—learn from doing over and over.”

Every lecture of Writing Creative Nonfiction is filled with these tricks of the trade; nuggets of information, insight, and advice that you can learn from and use whenever you sit down to tell a personal story. Whether you're planning on tackling a memoir, a piece of travel writing, a personal essay, or nearly any project in which effective (and truthful) storytelling is required, these and other tips and tricks revealed in this course will go a long way toward building a powerful toolkit you can use any time you sit down to write.

  • Include three things every good story needs: You know you've got a good story to work with when it has a narrative arc, dramatic tension (conflict that works as an obstacle), and interesting characters who experience and try to surmount obstacles.
  • Introduce ambiguity: Free indirect discourse doesn't require attribution of speech or thought and invites readers to attribute your thoughts to the thoughts of the character. Whether your readers accept or reject the invitation, you've been truthful about not making claims of fact and have maintained the nonfiction contract.
  • Write the "gutter”: Giving your readers two pieces of information and trusting them to use their imaginations to transform them into a single storyline (filling in the "gutter”) is a great way to avoid overnarrating. Engaging their imaginations also makes them a more active participant in the story you're telling.
  • Draft a pitch instead of an outline: While pitches are normally written to secure contracts for nonfiction works, they can also be a helpful way for you to avoid getting stuck when you're having difficulty outlining your story.

Practice with Exercises Crafted by a New York Times Best-Selling Author

With Writing Creative Nonfiction, you're not just learning from a dynamic writing instructor. You're learning from a prolific nonfiction writer whose books—including the New York Times bestseller The Widow Cliquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It—are examples of the form at its best: factual and honest while being genuinely engaging reads.

Professor Mazzeo brings the same skill and experience to her course that she's brought to her creative nonfiction work. And to help you practice and hone your newfound skills, she has crafted specific exercises to help you tap into your inner writer. For example, you'll

  • take an event in front of you and write a page of detailed description (without actually saying what's happening) to witness the effects of showing, not telling, about specific moments;
  • write a couple of paragraphs using both direct and indirect discourse to learn the strengths and weaknesses of either approach to storytelling; and
  • write a pitch for an imaginative travel piece (its story, its characters, its arc) in 100 words or less to see how well you can propose a piece of writing to a prospective editor.

Who knows? Perhaps one of these or the other exercises will spark that great idea that sets you on your way to writing creative nonfiction that engages your reader—and even sells.

Throughout the entire course, Professor Mazzeo's passion for her craft and her devotion to sharing her knowledge and instilling confidence in fellow writers are constant. "You need to write what's in you; in your mind and in your imagination,"she says. "And you need to tell a great story.”

And that's exactly what you'll learn how to do in Writing Creative Nonfiction. By the conclusion of these rewarding lectures, you'll have the knowledge, tools, and, most important, inspiration you need to discover your stories and finally start telling them the right way.

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  • 1
    Welcome to Creative Nonfiction
    Welcome to the world of creative nonfiction. In this first lecture, investigate how something called nonfiction can be “creative,” how different perspectives can provide unique ways to tell a story, and more. In addition, preview a road map for the lectures ahead and some of the exciting techniques to be learned. x
  • 2
    Finding the Story
    Professor Mazzeo introduces you to the three things that every good story must have: a narrative arc, some kind of conflict, and character. She also guides you through two engaging exercises that help train you to recognize these elements in both short conversations and a single historical photograph. x
  • 3
    Honoring the Nonfiction Contract
    What’s the line between historical fact and interpretation? What are your responsibilities to your memories, even distant ones? How do you write about things beyond your experience and do it truthfully? Find the answers to these and other important questions on the ethical issues and dilemmas of writing creative nonfiction. x
  • 4
    Writing Great Beginnings
    In this lecture, explore how to successfully undertake the hardest part of telling a great story: beginning it. You’ll discover the characteristics of a powerful opening sentence, examine great opening lines by famous writers such as Sylvia Plath, uncover several strategies to generate ideas (including the “story starter”), and more. x
  • 5
    Show, Don’t Tell
    “Show, don’t tell”—it’s the mantra of creative writing teachers everywhere. But what exactly does it mean? Strengthen the descriptive powers of your writing by tapping into the importance of handling verbs and using more precise words, with insightful examples of both right and wrong techniques taken from published works of creative nonfiction. x
  • 6
    Launching a Narrative Arc
    Plotting a narrative arc is a part of the creative process that can seem overwhelming even to very experienced writers. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here, learn basic structures—the linear, quest, and frame narratives—you can choose from to imbue your stories with drama and tension. x
  • 7
    Cliffhangers and Page Turners
    Every story needs good pacing, and that’s where chapters come in. What does an effective chapter do, and what does it look like? Professor Mazzeo uses a series of examples to show how chapters can effectively deepen your story’s narrative arc and—most important—keep your readers reading. x
  • 8
    Building Dramatic Sentences
    Unpack the technical aspects and secrets of sentences that create pacing and tension. First, investigate the importance of word order in your sentences. Next, explore the effectiveness of compound sentences. Finally, uncover how changing different sentence types in your writing can dramatically alter the impact of your work. x
  • 9
    Rhetorical Devices and Emotional Impact
    Take a closer look at more rhetorical devices that can dramatically alter the quality and impact of your creative nonfiction. Among the devices you explore: parallelism, anadiplosis (repeating the word at the end of a clause at the start of the next), isocolons (clauses of the same length), and alliteration. x
  • 10
    Putting It All Together
    Here, Professor Mazzeo walks you through the revision process, which is just as important as the actual writing itself. Using the skills and techniques you’ve learned in previous lectures, you’ll take a brief story and explore numerous ways to improve and enhance its sentences, its dialogue, its perspective, and more. x
  • 11
    Revealing Character in Words and Actions
    First, learn why details are so essential to creating three-dimensional characters in creative nonfiction. Then, investigate the stylistic pros and cons of writing from three different points of view: first person, second person, and third person. Your (surprising) case studies for studying the importance of these two topics: personal ads. x
  • 12
    Creating Compelling Characters
    Explore working with characters that don’t play starring roles in your narrative (minor characters) as well as unlikable characters no one likes to deal with in real life (antagonists). How do you write about minor and flawed characters that move your narrative along while still being portrayed three-dimensionally? x
  • 13
    Character Psychology
    Investigate the role metaphor plays in revealing the psychological motivations of complex characters. Among the skills you learn are using metonymy (where something associated with an object is used to represent it) and deciding when to use direct discourse (directly quoted speech) or indirect discourse (attributing speech without quotation marks). x
  • 14
    Getting Inside the Heads of Your Characters
    Focus here on the unique advantages of using free indirect discourse, which provides a productive ambiguity by balancing on the line between a character’s thoughts and words and those of an author-narrator. You’ll see this at work in an excerpt from one of the masters of the form: Virginia Woolf. x
  • 15
    Using Narrative Perspective
    Professor Mazzeo reveals even more different narrative perspectives you can use to frame your stories and provide your readers with an entry point into your work. After a quick review of “I” and “you” point of views, you’ll zero in on three modes of the third-person perspective: omniscient, objective, and subjective. x
  • 16
    Shaping Your Voice
    What is an implied author? How do you develop one in your own nonfiction narratives? What is “purple prose,” and why is it such a common error by beginning writers? How does it undermine great creative nonfiction? Get answers to these and other questions in this lecture on the power of narrative voice. x
  • 17
    Writing the Gutter—How to Not Tell a Story
    While it may sound counterintuitive, smart creative nonfiction writers know when not to tell something. Discover how learning when to keep quiet can actually be a storyteller’s most powerful tool—creating drama, strengthening a sense of suspense, and allowing readers themselves to become active participants in your work. x
  • 18
    Dialogue Strategies in Creative Nonfiction
    Professor Mazzeo reveals how to recognize—and overcome—the challenges of writing dialogue in creative nonfiction, where nothing can be made up. Focus on three keys to good dialogue: using it to intensify character and propel narrative; writing it to sound realistic (but not too realistic), and making sure it’s not overwritten. x
  • 19
    Researching Creative Nonfiction
    Delve into research, a skill that all successful creative nonfiction writers need to master with real aplomb. You’ll learn where (and where not to) look for materials for your creative nonfiction, what to do when you get stuck with your research, how to evaluate the reliability of sources, and more. x
  • 20
    How to Not Have People Hate You
    As a writer of creative nonfiction, you have an immense responsibility to your subject (and your readers). Investigate ways to tell your stories dramatically and truthfully—all while avoiding conflict with your subject. Two of the tips you learn here: Use comedy extremely carefully and watch out for turning living people into simple stock characters. x
  • 21
    Revising Your Work
    Think a bit more about the revision process. Who are the right people to read a work in progress? What are the differences between positive and negative feedback? How do you manage the complicated feelings behind and investments in your work—especially when facing constructive criticism from your peers? x
  • 22
    Building Your Audience
    You’ve finally written the piece you’ve always wanted. Now what? In the first of two lectures on breaking into the world of publishing, learn how to take a realistic approach to the process, how to determine who your audience is, and how to write a solid book proposal for a potential agent. x
  • 23
    Getting Published
    Finding out where to get your work published. Deciding which publication is right for your work. Crafting a successful pitch to an editor. These are some of the topics covered in this insightful lecture on the art and crafting of marketing and showing your creative nonfiction to a world of readers. x
  • 24
    Being a Writer
    Conclude the course with a look at the habits of effective writers. First, learn several steps you can take to silence your internal critic and survive writer’s block. Then, examine seven ways you can make space in your life for writing, including setting concrete goals, reading more, and befriending other writers. x

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Tilar J. Mazzeo, Ph.D.
Colby College
Dr. Tilar J. Mazzeo is the Clara C. Piper Professor of English at Colby College in Maine and the New York Times best-selling author of The Widow Cliquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It and The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World's Most Famous Perfume. Professor Mazzeo earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. In 2008, she won the Gourmand Award for the...
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Writing Creative Nonfiction is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 190.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Working to Revise My Assumptions I'll reserve my final assessment until I see what changes in my work really feel like I'm moving in a better direction. The course is making me think which is why I chose it.
Date published: 2020-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very helpful I bought this course for my brother who is writing a creative nonfiction history of pirating in the 1800s Mediterranean. He immediately started the course and is very pleased with the expert guidance.
Date published: 2020-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The New World This class is helping me use my time alone during the Covid-19 pandemic with more spontaneity and enjoyment. I love to write, and am learning new ways to express myself. The teacher is very easy to understand, and I am pleased that I can manage the website well for "Great Courses", finding what I need without frustration - which I have been feeling about a lot of the new ways of communicating on my computer, now that we are unable to see others in person. This course is a treat to look forward to.
Date published: 2020-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The information I needed to make my book work. I had written the basic facts of a memoir of a certain time in my professional life and had done research, but I didn't know how to make it readable and more interesting to a wider audience. (After all, I am an engineer.) The book was at a standstill. I was itching to get back to writing but I resolved to watch all the lectures. These lectures were the inspiration and needed information that was holding me back. It is invaluable to a novice narrative writer. Professor Mazzeo is a great teacher.
Date published: 2020-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very thorough I read the entire course, too impatient for video!! The course progressed very logically, extremely thorough with some excellent exercises. I took many pages of notes for quick reference and feel like my writing has improved in many ways.
Date published: 2020-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creative non fiction I am enjoying this course and learning a lot about writing
Date published: 2020-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Writing Creative Nonfiction I'm an experienced writer (and supervisory editor) of biomedical science, and took this course to learn how to write with more creativity and human interest. This professor taught me storytelling tools and craft that complemented the strictly linear nonfiction writing skills I already had mastered. Other reviewers have complained about her distracting hand gestures, which I noticed immediately, but came to accept as I became absorbed by her overall style of presentation. She filled an important gap in my preparation for future writing plans, and I looked forward to each lesson. Thank you, Prof. Mazzeo!
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Treasure trove of writing tips This author has obviously made a careful, comprehensive study of good techniques that great nonfiction authors use and how to apply them to your own writing. I see some people have had been put off by her lecture voice and style, but it you move beyond that, you will find a treasure trove of insights into good writing. I typed up 12 pages of tips from these lectures...and I am going to use them!
Date published: 2020-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very explicit I am implementing the strategies in this course and find them very beneficial to my writing!
Date published: 2020-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting oral presentation She had an interesting way of presenting the guidelines, but the constant use of both hands was off-putting.
Date published: 2020-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well worth the work. Tilar packs a lot of information into these lectures. Being someone who wants to be a better writer, I find it very helpful to watch each lecture without pausing. This first time through gives me an understanding of the overall talk. Then, I run the video again and take notes of the main points and terms that Tilar lectures; Pausing as I go along. Professor Mazzeo is pleasant to listen to and she takes her time.
Date published: 2020-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creative Writing nonfiction by Ms Tilar Mazzeo Just finished taking this 24 lecture course. For those who want a clear understand of how to write nonfiction thai is the course for you. Both beginners and experienced writers will gain tremendous insight into the techniques of writing. Moreover, the course, delves into how to research and how to publish. Ms Mazzeo is easy to understand and clearly gets her points across. An outstanding teacher.
Date published: 2020-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Writing Creative Non-Fiction I could not have chosen to take this course at a better time as we are all confined to our homes. I am truly enjoying the course. I am watching one lecture a day and reading the accompanying materials. The professor, Tilar J. Mazzeo, is very engaging and she presents the material clearly and slowly. I am making sure to complete all the assignments. This course really has me excited to take additional courses. I just found out that I can download courses for free from my local library, so I will be doing that. Based on my experience, you have a great product and your company should greatly benefit from the corona virus situation. I am telling everyone that I am taking this course and enjoying it.
Date published: 2020-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What is she dining with her hands and arms? OMG, I'm only on the first lesson, but I hope she stops the hand signals before I have a seizure.
Date published: 2020-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just what I was looking for I have been doing this kind of writing for some time but I was unsure of the limitations. This course has helped with that, and much more.
Date published: 2020-02-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Prof. needs to watch a video of herself Watching her lecture is painful. She makes the same gesture with her hands during virtually every sentence, which becomes VERY distracting after a few minutes. I finally turned my laptop with the screen pointed away from me so that I could listen without seeing her. Those who create Great Courses should be concerned that their professors are more self aware of their lecture styles and correct such presentation problems before recording the lectures. Content wise, the first lecture is extremely basic, evidently designed for students with no background in the subject matter. The second lecture provides some good, basic content. I will listen to a few more lectures to see if she progresses to the point where I will actually learn something. I would not recommend this course for experienced writers seeking to improve their skill set. It is for novices, which is fine if you realize what you are getting. I really should read reviews before ordering this course!
Date published: 2020-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I thought I knew how to write... `I thought I knew how to write. Perhaps I did, but not as well as I thought. Writing Creative Nonfiction goes beyond the basics of Composition 101/102 courses taught in college, and teaches you how to write like a bestselling author. I was blessed to have learned the basics well from a wonderful composition teacher in high school. College composition courses reinforced what I learned in high school. But most of what I am learning here I had never heard before. For example, I had never learned how to write a page-turner that will keep a reader's attention on the story, even when it is past his or her bedtime. Or how to use rhetorical devices to create memorable (even iconic) prose. Although I haven't yet completed this course (I've just listened to Lesson 9), I am quite impressed. This course and a book I recently read, On Writing Well by William Zinsser (which is, not surprisingly, on her list of recommended books) are proving to be invaluable. I bought this course because I wanted to do an excellent job editing and publishing my father's stories of growing up during the Great Depression and serving in the Air Force during World War II. I'm very glad I made the decision to take this course because I can foresee that the finished product will be vastly improved. And the bonus for me is that my skills as a writer will be far superior to what they used to be. I've noticed a few critical reviews of this course, and that's a shame because the content is so good. My suggestion to anyone who wants to improve their writing for whatever reason: don't allow complaints of minor issues to keep you from gaining access to the invaluable instruction in this course. And if you are looking to publish a novel, don't let the title stop you. Most of what I have learned in Dr. Mazzeo's lessons would be extremely useful for writing fiction as well.
Date published: 2020-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a wonderful course. This is a wonderful course for aspiring writers. I have not gotten far into the course yet but I am very pleased with Professor Tilar Mazzeo and her presentation so far.Tilar gives an excellent insight into how to write creatively well. I have already learned so much more about writing than I had considered on my own and have already found the course extremely helpful.
Date published: 2020-02-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Annoying lecturer delivery I could only watch about 20 minutes of this course. The lecturer had a very annoying hand motion that she did every few seconds. Over the years I have purchased many courses and have always been happy with them, but I returned this one. I think the lecturer could improve. She need only watch herself on video for a few minutes to see what she is doing.
Date published: 2020-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is not a review because I'm not far enough.. ...into the course to evaluate it. I do like what I've already found and look forward to having time to get into the "meat" of it! Thanks for inquiring. Check back in a month or so.
Date published: 2020-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great course, need more This is a good starting course and I have learned a lot. However, It would be so much cooler if we there was access to the instructor or other classmates.
Date published: 2020-01-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great information, poor presentation I purchased this course a few weeks ago and upon downloading the first session was immediately struck by the presenter’s arm movements. She continually “punched” her arms in front of her which was so intensely distracting that it was nearly impossible to focus on what was being said. I tried covering my screen to show only her head, but that was unsatisfactory. I am so grateful that I have the option of audio only. I would be asking for a refund but figure the information is way more valuable than the $25 discounted price of the course. If you offer a “preview” of each course, this would compel me to order more courses.
Date published: 2020-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The other comments are true I read the reviews before purchasing and thought the commentaries about the over-use of hand gestures was probably "nit-picky" and exaggerated. They are not. I'm only in lecture 2 and already I have resorted to listening only and not looking at the screen. The hand movement is constant to the point of complete distraction and is dizzying. The camera crew did the speaker a complete disservice by not telling her to somehow occupy her hands another way...sit behind a desk, hold something..whatever. I've never seen such overt overuse of hand gestures. It's a very unfortunate interruption throughout. Best to take as audio only
Date published: 2020-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Writing Creative Nonfiction I waited quite awhile to order this course when I could afford it, and now am watching it a lecture a day, just now on the second disc. I put aside another course I bought because I was intrigued by the question of what is the non-fiction contract. I have a great story I'm writing for a writer's festival competition in Spring, and am learning so much about how to honor that contract while making my story a great one to read. I can't say I enjoy the professor though, and find her voice and mannerisms very annoying, especially the way she holds out her arms and pokes at me with her fingers, over and over like she's scratching at me with claws. I learned through the Toastmasters organization better to keep the arms still and to the sides and emphasize occasionally so as to not be distracting. I feel she could take some lessons herself in this to be better to watch and hear the very valuable lessons she has to pass on.
Date published: 2019-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative! Dr Mazzeo knows her subject matter. I watched all 24 lectures in rapid succession. Her lectures are interesting and useful for anyone who wants to know the tricks of the trade. If she were to have another series of lectures, I would be the first to purchase it.
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lighten up folks! I read the other reviews and I think the negative ones are extremely harsh. Although I do agree the Professor needs to squelch her urge to pinch the viewers and do something else with her hands, that does not negate the excellent substance she provides. Being a creative nonfiction writer myself, I know that she is entirely correct about the challenges of creative nonfiction writing, and she provides some sound advice and practical solutions to the many problems encountered when writing creative nonfiction. I also didn't have any problem with her using works of fiction to illustrate good writing; after all, the creative nonfiction writer is trying to compose a "literary" work, and the best examples of great literature come from novels. What bothers be more are some factual errors. Case in point, in Lesson 6 she uses Shelley's Frankenstein as an example of a "framed" story structure, saying that the story of the monster is told in the form of letters from Victor Frankenstein to his sister. The truth is, that the novel has double framing. The person telling the story is arctic explorer Robert Walton, who tells Victor Frankenstein's story to his sister through his letters home to England while on an arctic voyage. Walton's ship encounters Frankenstein wandering on ice flows and saves him from the clutches of the arctic waters. Then Frankenstein, nearly dead, tells the story of his monster to Walton who, in turn, relates it to his sister through letters (very long letters) back home. So the story of the monster comes to us from Frankenstein, through Walton, and then through letters to Walton's sister. So the framing has multiple layers. I think it would have been better to use another, simpler example of framed story structure, particularly since few people have actually read Shelley's book (including, evidently, this Professor). But this and other flaws in the course are very minor. Overall, the information the Professor provides in this course is excellent and hard to find elsewhere. I know, I've looked for it unsuccessfully.
Date published: 2019-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lessons Best decision… Ever! Looking forward to starting my new book
Date published: 2019-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Lecturer!! Easily Understandable I am an Author with no formal training. I wanted to take a course and this Course is Outstanding!! I would highly recommend this course to any nonfiction author or aspiring author.
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Knowledge I have just had time to start the class. I have written technical reports all my life, but a non fiction memoir is a different thing. Started last night and will work through the class this weekend. Cannot seem to print the class course book. I don’t like that.
Date published: 2019-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent techniques Dr. Mazzeo explained writing aspect with simple details and interesting examples. I write fiction and I found what she said applied to my stories in many cases. Her information was extremely useful.
Date published: 2019-07-10
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