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Researching and Writing Historical Narrative Nonfiction: A Workshop
COL 301
Fall 2024
Section: 01  
This course may be repeated for credit.

Historical Nonfiction will be a workshop-based course. Students will have the opportunity to work on a project led by Charles Barber, a book-in-progress of historical narrative nonfiction based in Palm Beach, Florida in the 1920s. The project involves a decade-longs conflict between a gang and two father and son sheriffs, set against the explosive (and often corrupt) growth of Palm Beach as a resort in the early 19th century. Students will work with court and governmental records, as well as archival materials of all sorts. Students will receive professional credit for their contributions. A focus of the first part of the course will be historical methodology and evaluation of records; the second half of the course will address the question of transforming historical materials into compelling narratives. Readings will include models of historically based nonfiction, such as David Grann's Killer of the Flower Moon and Patrick Radden Keefe's Say Nothing.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on JUL-20-2024
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