Creative nonfiction has become the dominant literary form of our time. Over 2/3 of the books on the best-seller list are nonfiction; magazines, websites, blogs and social media all operate around writers' search for the truth. Nonfiction is also a vital genre because it can be about anything, which makes it a natural genre for writers from many different backgrounds, with many differing interests. In this class, you will learn some of the tools of nonfiction writing, which is rooted in both journalism and personal writing. We will also closely look at both classic and contemporary examples of essays, and of short nonfiction books, in order to understand ideas about narrative stance, framing, structure, and craft. Additionally, we'll spend time discussing the business of nonfiction writing: pitching, working with editors, promoting your work and working with literary agents.