Writing non-fiction: being creative with the truth

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If you’ve ever wanted to write about your ancestors, your own life or a character from history, this is the course for you. Whether you’ve already started to write or you’re looking for inspiration, this writing class will help you to gain confidence and to improve your style.

We will look at the different ways of telling a true story, explore research and discuss how successful writers engage with their audience. Whether you aim to be a bestselling author or you simply want to write an entertaining account for friends and family, this stimulating and supportive class will help you to find your voice.

Weekly sessions

  • 16 April: Introduction: knowing your audience and your motives for writing
  • 23 April: Beginning, middle and end: structure in non-fiction
  • 30 April: Research: making it work for you
  • 14 May: Editing your work
  • 21 May: Illustrations as tools for both reader and author

Online support

This course will be supported by our e-learning centre, ICE Online. You will be able to download course material, contact your tutor and talk to fellow students via the web at a time and place that’s convenient to you.

Visit the ICE Online introductory website to find out more.


pdf Application form

pdf Syllabus and reading resource list


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Pre-enrolment information

Information about studying with ICE

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To book on this course please download the application form or contact us directly:

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Madingley Hall
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CB23 8AQ

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Course details

Start date

16 April 2012 (19:15)

End date

21 May 2012 (21:15)

Course code



5 weeks


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Qualifications / Credits


Course director