Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Teaching students the form, structure and techniques of creative nonfiction, this workshop-style course addresses the issues of style, point of view, narrative and dramatic coherence as it applies to personal essay, the treatment of memory data, the use of detail in scene-setting and the connection between fictional and poetic strategies in nonfiction writing. In addition to their own work, students read and analyze contemporary creative nonfiction and classics in the genre; these texts serve as models for students to help them locate themselves within the large framework of creative nonfiction. Students will write several major pieces of varying lengths and types.