Composing the Self and the World

A Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Led by Amy (McDaniel) Robinson


  1. Sundays at 3pm Eastern, November 1, 8, 15, and 22
  2. Weekly classes will take place on Zoom and will last 90 minutes.

In this intensive 4-week course, you will navigate the vast and varied terrain of the creative nonfiction genre through imaginative writing, attentive reading, and lively conversation. You will mine something new out of truth, both inner and outer. You will find your voice as you reckon with the self and the world.

This online course is meant to support writers at any stage of their journey and at any stage of ideation or drafting of their writing projects. Along with shared readings and daily prompts, we will discuss practices and rituals that nurture ideation, sustaining a project, and revision. We will use a partner and group workshop model that could continue beyond the end of the course.

Course Details

Upon registration, you will receive your first course packet with:

  • Short readings
  • Daily prompts to complete in the week before the first meeting

Every week, you will receive:

  • A new packet of readings and daily prompts
  • Our Zoom class, where we discuss craft elements and participants will share their work in progress


  • Mid-course, participants will submit a complete draft and receive substantive feedback from peers and from Amy
  • At the conclusion of the full 4-week course Amy will offer a detailed response letter on the final portfolio submitted 

About the Instructor

Amy (McDaniel) Robinson has taught poetry in Bangladesh, memoir writing in New Orleans, and dozens of writing classes to people of all ages in Atlanta, where she grew up and where she now lives with her husband Adam, her daughter Grace, and a dog named Annette. Along with teaching high school English, Amy runs a small press called 421 Atlanta that publishes short books of prose and poetry. Her own poems have appeared in numerous publications and were collected in two chapbooks with the words Adults Lessons in the title, and her fiction and essays (which are often about food) have appeared in Tin House, Saveur, Necessary Fiction, PANK, Alimentum, FANZINE, and Gay Magazine.