Making the leap into early academic writing can feel overwhelming — for learners and teachers alike! 

There are many types of writing included under the umbrella of "academic writing," and it can be beneficial to take some time to really focus on learning the elements of each particular type. 

This class focuses on narrative writing (storytelling). While we often associate narratives with fiction, they are also commonly used in nonfiction (such as memoir, personal reflections, and essays for scholarships/applications). 

We will spend this time really focusing on the core elements of narrative writing, identifying those elements at play in example texts, and write our own narratives with multiple drafts.

Gain Key Academic Writing and Reading Foundations

Narrative writing is a key academic writing component that comes up again and again throughout learners' academic writing experiences. 

This class will dive deep into the following narrative elements: 

  • Dialogue
  • Setting
  • Narrative Perspective
  • Attention-Grabbing Introductions
  • Pacing
  • Meaningful Conclusions 

Meet Live Weekly

This is a live class, which means we meet weekly to discuss the reading and explore writing tips. Learners can also interact with each other and the instructor between class meetings on our discussion boards.

Provided materials include reading guides and activities to help with vocabulary and comprehension as well as writing tips to apply to the creation of our own narratives.

Find Individual Processes for Writing

There is no one way to write well. Learners must develop their own strategies and build a toolbox of approaches they can turn to as demands increase over time. 

This class is designed to focus with intention on the tools used in narrative writing. 

Writers will get to practice writing their own narratives with multiple drafts, each focused on developing specific elements of a successful narrative. 


Class runs from March 20-May 14, 2023

We’ll meet via Zoom for a live discussion session each Tuesday at 11-11:45am Eastern/10-10:45am Central/9-9:45am Mountain/8-8:45am Pacific

If a learner cannot attend a session due to illness or a schedule conflict, they will still have access to all class materials and can check in with the instructor with any questions. 



To participate successfully in class, learners will need the following:

  • Microphone and camera for in-class participation
  • PDF Reader
  • Zoom (free account)
  • Learners will submit work through Google Drive (a Google (Gmail) account can be acquired for free)

(Note: There are no required texts to purchase. Learners will receive access to links of class materials.)

This course is closed for enrollment.