Spring 2014 - Graduate Course Description
Intructor:
Wiesepape, Betty
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6355 Section: 001
Day:
T Time: 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title:
Creating Nonfictions

DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This class is an investigation in workshop format of a newly defined genre of literature known as creative nonfiction that incorporates traditional forms such as biography, autobiography, story, essay, and journalism. Students in this class will examine characteristics that define this genre and the boundaries that separate it from other forms of creative writing. In this course, students will read and analyze nonfiction compositions written by established writers as well as work by student writers.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

Dinty W. Moore, The Truth of the Matter (1st edition)
B. Minh Nguyen & Porter Shreve, Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: I& I (2005 edition)
Jerome Stern, Making Shapely Fiction (any edition)
William Strunk & E.B. White, The Elements of Style (any edition)

COURSE REQUIREMENTS/EVALUATION CRITERIA:

This class is an investigation in workshop format of a newly defined genre of literature known as creative nonfiction that incorporates traditional forms such as biography, autobiography, story, essay, and journalism. Students in this class will examine characteristics that define this genre and the boundaries that separate it from other forms of creative writing. In this course, students will read and analyze nonfiction compositions written by established writers as well as work by student writers. Each class member will produce 3 written peer critiques and will make verbal contributions to workshop sessions. Students enrolling in this class must have graduate standing. Each student will create three original nonfiction compositions, will make an oral presentation about the work of an established creative nonfiction author and will lead the class discussion of a composition by that author.

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