In this class students will learn the basics of writing creative nonfiction by reading and discussing excellent examples in the genre and through practical writing exercises. Students will consider a range of ethical issues, strategies, and various forms of creative nonfiction. They will pay a great deal of attention to style with the intent of improving clarity and developing their own voice. They will develop the editor within through participating in writing workshops and discover that the best nonfiction is grounded in fact.
Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
FALL 2018: Creative Nonfiction
The core of this class is the writing workshop, in which students review of one another's work develops objectivity on their own writing and essential editorial skills. In preparation for drafting each writing assignment, students read and discuss model essays representing such approaches as description, scene-setting, interviewing, analysis, argumentation, story-telling, personal narrative, and art reviewing. At the end of the semester, students craft longer essays on topics of their choice. The course also features attention to style, voice, and key choices that constantly face a working writer.
First-year students require permission of the instructor.
Course may be repeated for credit if taught by two different professors.