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Creative Writing: Nonfiction
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 7.5 credits, including all first-year requirements (5.0 credits), 1.0 credit of second-year liberal arts & sciences (including 0.5 credit in VISA/VISC/VISD/VISM), and ENGL 2B01: Introduction to Creative Writing or permission of instructor.
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.
Anti-requisite: Students who have taken ENGL 2B05: Introduction to Creative Nonfiction may not take this course for further credit.
Notes: Alumni students who are considering taking this course to fulfill their writing course requirement must make an advising appointment with the Liberal Arts & Sciences office for approval.

Year level and title change 2012-13
Course was last updated May 2, 2012 - 4:24 PM