Short Courses

Creative Writing: Non-Fiction I, II & III

An exploration of the fascinating possibilities (both artistic and commercial) in creative non-fiction.

A very elastic genre with many sub-specialities, this introductory writing course is for those who are interested in writing creative non-fiction, which includes the memoir, personal essay (‘the lyric essay’), travel writing, reportage, comic writing, narrative history and other sub-genres.

The prerequisite for level II is the completion of the previous level or prior experience. 

Applicants who wish to join level II and have prior experience in non-fiction writing are required to submit writing portfolio for trainer’s review.

Applicants with no prior experience are encouraged to start from level I.

About the trainer
Professor Darryl Whetter was the inaugural Programme Leader of LASALLE’s MA Creative Writing programme, from 2016 to 2020, guiding students to win awards such as the Golden Point, reading their work at the Singapore Writer’s Festival, as well as negotiating book deals. . 

He is the author of ten books of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. His most recent books include the climate-crisis novel Our Sands (Penguin Random House, 2020), as editor, Teaching Creative Writing in Asia (Routledge, 2022) and The Best Asian Short Stories 2022 (Kitaab, 2023). His writings such as Canadian Stories, Best Canadian Essays and Best Asian Short Stories  have been selected for awards.  

Dr Whetter also held positions as a  festival or campus author in Bali, Singapore, London, Penang, Swansea, Perth, Sydney and Canada. His forthcoming books include the 2023 poetry collection #Travelsend: Poems at Travel’s End and, from Routledge, Teaching Creative Writing in Canada (2024).

Note: Course trainers are, on occasion, subject to change with short notice.


Creative Writing: Non-Fiction I


No. of classes Days Dates Time
8 Every Wed 21 Feb – 17 Apr 2024 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Creative Writing: Non-Fiction II


No. of classes Days Dates Time
8 Every Wed 24 Apr – 26 Jun 2024 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Creative Writing: Non-Fiction III


No. of classes Days Dates Time
8 Every Tue 3 Jul – 21 Aug 2024 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Application Information

Course materials

Notepad and writing materials.

Who should attend

Art enthusiasts, art and language students, teachers and/or anyone keen on non-fiction writing.

Eligible schemes / subsidies:
Claimable under SkillsFuture Credit
National Silver Academy (NSA) subsidy

$630.00 (per unit)

Note: Course fee not inclusive of application fee and GST.

$371.70 (per unit)
(after National Silver Academy (NSA) subsidy)

Note: NSA fee is inclusive of GST.