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4-Week Online Class: Writing Creative Nonfiction about Mental Illness, Join List For Next Class
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4-Week Online Class: Writing Creative Nonfiction about Mental Illness, Join List For Next Class

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Class will return in 2021

Class Started April 5th, 2021 | Sold Out

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Taught by Courtney Cook, whose graphic memoir, THE WAY SHE FEELS, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in summer 2021.
In this writing intensive course, we will explore how to give language to our experiences with mental illness in a way that is compelling, truthful, accessible, and without harm. Students will read personal essays that grapple with mental illness, and practice writing about mental illness themselves through a variety of exercises each week that will be shared with their peers, who will provide feedback, allowing them to grow as both readers and writers.

In addition, students will write one personal essay to be workshopped by myself and their classmates, allowing them to leave class with a piece they’re proud of, and know how to grow going forward.

This course is intended for those already familiar with writing creative nonfiction, who are interested in deepening their understanding of how to best write about mental illness, or are looking to write about mental illness for the first time.

NOTE: This is a class of nonfiction dealing with mental illness and the readings we will discuss in class deal with difficult and traumatic human experiences. Creative nonfiction, especially memoir, often takes a hard look at the unpleasant sides of human experience including eating disorders, loss, substance abuse, and assault. This is something you need to be prepared for in reading, discussing, and (perhaps) writing nonfiction.


This class is entirely asynchronous which means you complete the weekly assignments on your own schedule. There are no set meeting times in order to allow for greater participation; your cohort will consist of writers from across different time zones, which allows for a wonderful diversity of voices.

Along with your weekly deadlines there is plenty of interaction with Courtney and your peers within Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment.

You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule. There are discussion questions each week inspired by the assigned readings and topics in the lecture notes. Students are encouraged to take these wherever is most compelling and/or useful for them. Courtney engages with these discussions throughout the week and you will receive feedback from all assigned writing activities.


Wet Ink was built and designed specifically for online writing classes. Wet Ink is private, easy to use, and very interactive. You can learn more about the Wet Ink platform by Watching a Class Demo.

You can pay for the course in full or use Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Instructor: Courtney Cook

  • Class size limited to 10 writers

  • Class Starts April 5th, 2021

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

Instructor Courtney Cook holds her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of California, Riverside, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Comics at the California College of the Arts. She has also studied creative writing & literature at the University of Michigan and New York University. An essayist, poet, and illustrator, Courtney's work has been seen in The Rumpus, Hobart, Lunch Ticket, Split Lip Magazine, Wax Nine, and Maudlin House, among others. Her graphic memoir, THE WAY SHE FEELS, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in summer 2021. When not creating, Courtney enjoys napping with her senior cat, Bertie, and running her literary magazine, On Loan From the Cosmos. You can view her work on her website,

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