Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Wiesepape, Betty
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6355 Section 001
T Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 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.

Required Texts:

Robert Root Jr. and Michael Steinberg, The Fourth Genre, 6th edition, Pearson, 2012.
Bruce Ballenger, Crafting Truth, Longman, 2011
Dinty Moore, The Truth of the Matter, 2007.
Jerome Stern, Making Shapely Fiction, any edition
Strunk and White, The Elements of Style, any edition

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Graduate level standing or the equivalent is a requirement. 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. 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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