Creative Nonfiction I
What defines creative nonfiction? In this course, we’ll explore what creative nonfiction is, what it isn’t, and what it might be, examining a mix of published nonfiction works—personal essays, memoirs, lyric essays, narrative journalism—to better understand the array of styles and approaches writers use to tell true stories. Focusing on voice, scene development, reflection, language, and style, we’ll analyze work that fits neatly within nonfiction norms as well as boundary-pushing work that lives on the fringes, and apply this craft awareness to our own writing. Authors may include: James Baldwin, Joan Didion, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Megan Stielstra, Annie Dillard, Phillip Lopate, Alexander Chee, Roxane Gay, Ira Sukrungruang, Eula Biss.
We'll also examine ethical issue of truth and nonfiction, and the perils of writing about real people (including ourselves). During ten weeks of class, students will respond to in-class writing prompts inspired by our readings and discussions and submit and workshop one flash essay (500-800 words) and one full-length essay, (4,000 words). Students will learn the fundamentals of craft of creative nonfiction, get a sense of its possibilities and where it is published, and practice the skill of critiquing the work of their peers. This class is ideal for novice writers or more experienced writers looking to delve into this ever-evolving and flourishing genre.
Please note: Class does not meet June 2nd.
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