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Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 3.0 credits of first-year studio and 1.0 credit of first-year liberal studies, including the first year writing course with a minimum passing grade of 60%, and an overall average of 60%.
Biography, memoir and graphic memoir, personal essay, and literary journalism: this course examines historical and contemporary incarnations of experience-based text, and asks students to draw upon their own lives to produce literary nonfiction. Students will explore such topics as the use of memorabilia and marginalia in memoir, the reliable narrator, recrafting memory, the ethics of factual accuracy, writing trauma, and veiling and unveiling truth. The class will read from a wide range of authors working in the genre (and sub-genres), including: Joan Didion, Lynn Hejinian, Diane Ackermann, Mary Karr, May Sarton, Virginia Woolf , Patrick Lane, Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, and David Sedaris.
Course was last updated June 12, 2009 - 11:23 AM