Techniques of Nonfiction|
In this course, we will learn how to craft and revise short pieces of nonfiction writing that draw on our own life experiences and our observations of the world around us. To achieve this goal, we will constantly be creating and editing our own prose, and we will perform various writing exercises. Moreover, we will read our colleagues' nonfiction prose and offer them thoughtful, generous feedback. Finally, we will read various published nonfiction essays--memoirs, musings, reviews, and reportage--and we will analyze these pieces in order to understand how veteran authors narrate "real-life" stories in a way that is engaging, beautiful, and meaningful. Upon completing this course, you will have a deeper knowledge of how to construct resonant nonfiction narratives, and a better understanding of various literary concepts, including pacing, arc, imagery, place, and character. You will have learned how to harvest experiences and observations from your own life in order tell a story that reveals subtle but acute information about the larger world.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Writers studied include: Zadie Smith, James Baldwin, James Foster Wallace, Pres. Barrack Obama, Natalie Goldberg, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alexander Chee, Maggie Nelson, Elif Batuman, Pankaj Mishra, and others.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two long-form submissions to the workshop.
Five short writing assignments.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course depends on student participation, which itself depends on meeting assignment deadlines. Students must also make every effort to attend the events with visiting writers who are on campus during the semester. (Q & A sessions usually scheduled Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 and readings at 8:00 p.m.).
This course contributes to the Theory & Literary Forms and Creative Writing concentrations of the English major.
|Instructor(s): Vogel,Danielle Times: ....R.. 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 2||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 2||SO: 6||FR: 0|