Susan Orlean is an author and journalist famous for writing many books articles that you claim to have read and liked and but didn't because you saw that one movie, and that's pretty much the same thing, right?

Thanks to the miracle of the internet, you can now pay $19 to have Orlean teach you the secrets behind the her special prize-winning brand of "creative non-fiction", which spawned books like The Orchid Thief, and inspired the cinematic gem that is Blue Crush.

The lessons are provided as a series of 14 video lecture through the online learning website Skillshare. The website stresses that the program is project based, and writing your own Orleanesuqe story about " the most mysterious person you know" is the goal.

In under two hours, this class demystifies the writing craft so that you can write a short and unforgettable profile of your own. Whether you're an active writer, aspiring freelancer, or simply curious about the power of language, this class will help you navigate and polish the creative process of telling your best story.

When you're done, you can shell out $25 to have James Franco teach you how to write a short film . I hear you can get Nick Cage for a song these days, so copying Orelan's success shouldn't be all that hard.


All joking aside, $19 bucks doesn't seem like a bad price to get inside the head of a damn good writer. Though I am skeptical about the ability to distill the meticulous work and attention to detail that Orelan's clearly puts into all her work into less than 2 hours.

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