Creative Writing Programs
I believe creative writing comes down to desire, inspiration, and craft.
If you want to write, the spark of story is already burning inside you.
Creativity can be nurtured. Form and craft, like any skill, can be learned.
If you’re here, you’re ready. Let’s spark your story.
I’m Nicole Breit, the creator of Spark Your Story—a unique and transformative creative writing program designed for brave, beautiful, radical truth tellers.
I help life writers tell their stories
artfully, truthfully, and powerfully
with an emphasis on craft and form.
Writer, if you’re looking for a way into your stories but feel blocked by fear, self-doubt, or overwhelm, you’re in the right place.
I can help.
What to expect
In my creative writing programs I share everything I know about writing and publishing award-winning creative-nonfiction—including writing past blocks to get through a first draft.
In my Spark Your Story courses we’ll:
Break down the characteristics of form and the elements of craft.
Deconstruct readings by a diverse selection of contemporary writers.
Consult the experts in Q and As that shed light on the writing process, revision, and publication.
Enhance learning by asking questions and sharing ideas in a friendly, private online forum.
Integrate new skills in meaningful pre-writing exercises and writing practice.
Continue to support each other’s writing via our warm, supportive, growing online community.
Spark Your Story Courses
Learn the forms, tools, and techniques I use to write award-winning creative nonfiction.
My writing programs are designed to help you move through blocks and draft compelling, shapely personal narratives from the very first draft.
Live courses are offered just a few times a year. Subscribe to my newsletter to be the first to know when registration opens!
A transformative life writing program
Registration for January 2020 will open soon!
Transformative life writing invites the writer to pinpoint key moments of change and explore the meaning and impact of their experiences. This series of six 4-week mini-courses explores the writer in relation to self, family, friendships, culture, nature, and the world. Designed to help new and experienced writers make compelling art out of lived experience, each course includes relevant readings, journalling exercises, compelling examples, a video tutorial, and the support of a warm online community. Writers will craft 100-word micro essays as well as a longer piece to be reviewed constructively in a partner exchange.
“I know a lot of phenomenal writers and writing teachers, and Nicole Breit is a leader among them.
She is deeply attuned to literary writing and to soulful writers. Not only does she have a deep knowledge of techniques that bring out the best in her students’ writing, she teaches craft in such a down-to-earth, unassuming way that makes writers not only gravitate to her, but believe her when she pushes them to create their most brilliant work.”Rachel Thompson
An e-course on 4 fringe CNF forms
January 13 to February 24, 2019
Registration is now open!
An outlier is someone or something that exists on the margins, set apart by what makes it unique. In this popular 6-week creative writing course we’ll explore the flash essay, prose poem, lyric essay, and hermit crab essay—forms ideal for crafting new, surprising, and innovative short-form memoir that readers (and editors) will love!
“The Outliers course encourages you to push the boundaries of CNF in new and intriguing ways, while diving deeper into your own creative process.
Nicole is an incredibly talented writer and a natural teacher, whose approach is friendly, relaxed, and always helpful.
The course content strikes a great balance of being informative and interesting, and there’s no better feeling than walking away after six weeks with new writing skills and four completed pieces.”Lindsay Bennett
An e-course on 4 graphic CNF forms
Next Session: January 13 to February 24, 2020
Registration is now open!
The photo essay, concrete essay, pictorial essay, and paper craft essay combine textual and visual storytelling to create greater depth, meaning, and impact for the reader. In this exciting 6-week creative writing course we’ll craft innovative personal narratives that bend—and blend—genres.
“I feel like Nicole has started a CNF revolution, bringing new forms and new voices together.
Innovative and inspirational, I highly recommend her visual art inspired CNF course for writers interested in finding or fine-tuning their voice and pushing artistic boundaries.”Rowan McCandless
Free mini e-book
Loss is a universal story theme—grief, a common block to writing our raw, vulnerable stories about loss. In this free e-book I share 9 tips for writing about grief and loss with care and intention.
I love the work I do, helping brave truth tellers write their stories. And I love celebrating when writers are recognized for the work they produce in one of my classes -- when they get their first acceptance with a journal, their name on a contest shortlist, or win...