Class Overview

Playwriting at North | Seattle Central College - Continuing EducationWhat makes non-fiction compelling?

Discover answers for yourself in this dynamic writing class.

Compelling non-fiction captures the reader’s attention and grips it through the duration of a piece.

Whether you are writing a magazine article or a book, essay, memoir, or travel piece, a successful piece will convey fresh ideas, intriguing facts, and spark emotion.

Explore how to begin writing non-fiction from your passion or curiosity, then continue to write clearly and simply, even when the topic is profound and complex.

Examine techniques for interviews, research, and fact checking; how to move from a singular example to the universal; and how to integrate the foundational blocks of fiction into your non-fiction piece.

Discuss creating vivid scenes, revealing characters, building tension as well as how to organize thoughts, reflection, and analysis.

Finally, learn a bit about publication and how to get your stories out into the world.

This fun class offers support and encouragement as we explore the extensive breadth of non-fiction writing, with focus on the individual needs of the participating students.

Reading will include excerpts from travelers, memoirists, essayists, and authors.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop the skills, from word choice to structure, needed to write engaging works of non-
  • Define the goal of your essay or memoir.
  • Identify areas to research to add substance to your writing.
  • Explain the differences between different non-fiction pieces.


Who Should Take this Class?

  • Anyone who wants to learn the how to write engaging non-fiction essays, travel
    pieces, or memoirs.
  • Writers who would benefit from new approaches, ideas and inspiration.

Session Details

  • Instructor: EC Murray
  • Where: Online: Real-time and interactive through videoconferencing
  • Fee: $149