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CINCINNATI, OH—Writers of creative nonfiction face a daunting challenge. Not only must they deliver facts, they must deliver those facts in a compelling way that keeps readers engaged and turning pages.

Then there are questions, such as what research to include; how to structure the narrative once the research is complete; and more.

On Thursday, October 17, at 7:00 pm, author and award-winning journalist Dani McClain will lead the online class "Creating the Structure to Carry the Story" (Creative Nonfiction). 

Registration has now closed.

This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $45 fee to register.

This class offers strategies for organizing your book, long essay, or reporting project so that readers are carried along by a seamless narrative. We'll also touch on how to combine memoir with research and how to choose sources whose storytelling and insights add depth to your work.

Dani McClain reports on race and reproductive health. She is a contributing writer at The Nation and a fellow with Type Media Center (formerly the Nation Institute). McClain's writing has appeared in outlets including Time, Slate, Talking Points Memo, Colorlines,, and The Rumpus. In 2018, she received a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Her work has been recognized by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. McClain was a staff reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has worked as a strategist with organizations including Color of Change and Drug Policy Alliance.

McClain’s book, We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood, was published April, 2019, by Bold Type Books (formerly Nation Books).

McClain has a B.A. in history from Columbia University and a master’s degree from Columbia’s journalism school.

"Creating the Structure to Carry the Story" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's first offering in their 2019-2020 series of online classes.

"This program is a great way for writers from all over North Carolina to connect without having the hassle of driving somewhere and finding parking," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "Online classes offer top-shelf instruction for a fraction of the cost, and the software itself is very intuitive and easy to use."

The online class "Creating the Structure to Carry the Story" is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Thursday, October 17, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class. The class will be archived and made available to registrants for repeated viewings.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


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