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Creative Nonfiction Writing

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J. Anthony

Course Long Title

Creative Nonfiction Writing


A creative nonfiction writer tells a true story in an inventive and original manner. Or as John McPhee says, "Creative nonfiction is not making something up but making the most of what you have." In this course students write four creative nonfiction essays in the following genres: memoir, lyric, travelogue, and art review. Students learn to see writing as an act, not as a product. To that end, the course includes workshops in which ideas and critiques of writing assignments are thoughtfully offered. To further fuel the writing assignments and workshops students read a wide-ranging selection of creative nonfiction essays, studying figurative language, character and setting development, and dramatic structure.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Creative Process and Production [CP]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Class Restriction

Exclude First Years