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Write What You Know

Concentrating specifically on creative nonfiction, this course allows you to sharpen your writing skills by reporting and writing on personal (or other people’s) experiences. We read an array of short pieces and study the various applications of creative nonfiction, including personal essays, travel essays, memoirs, and literary journalism. Explore the different ways to construct narrative and the mingling of genres. Examine why creative nonfiction has become one of the most popular, and controversial, literary genres of the last decade. Joan Didion described her motivation to write as “entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see, and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” Readings will be drawn from some of the most talented writers of the past 75 years, from Jamaica Kincaid to David Sedaris, and weekly writing assignments are given until we move to selecting a leading draft to revise and perfect.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of what makes creative nonfiction
  • A draft of a personal essay or chapters for a memoir

Ideal for

  • Writers of all levels
  • The curious and creative
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