Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Creative nonfiction is not a new form of writing, but it is a newly defined genre that currently is receiving favorable attention in literary circles. Creative nonfiction may take the form of stories, essays, memoirs, newspaper columns, or magazine/journal articles. Writers of creative nonfiction often combine the skills of the journalist, the essayist, and the fiction writer, and they utilize reportage, reflection, research, and techniques commonly used in fiction to turn their experiences and observations into stories, essays, and articles that are both truthful and artful, that both inform and entertain readers.
In this class, students will read and analyze nonfiction works by well-known writers. In addition, they will produce three original nonfiction pieces, and they will participate in written and oral critiques of other students’ work.
Miller & Paola: TELL IT SLANT: WRITING AND SHAPING CREATIVE NONFICTION
Nguyen & Shreve, CONTEMPORARY CREATIVE NONFICTION
Stern: MAKING SHAPELY FICTION
Strunk and White: THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Members of this class will have weekly reading assignments and will participate in weekly writing exercises. During the course of the semester, students will produce three original nonfiction pieces, and they will write critiques of class members’ work on three separate occasions. Grades will be based upon original writings, written critiques, an in-class presentation, and attendance and participation in class discussions. No exams are given in this class.