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Place, Character, and Design: Techniques in Writing Nonfiction and Fiction

ENGL 290
Spring 2022
Section: 01  
Course Cluster and Certificates: Writing Certificate

The distinction between creative nonfiction and fiction is that nonfiction professes to tell the truth with very little embellishment. Rather than present reality as a series of raw facts, CNF writers borrow techniques of fiction writing--description, anecdote, scene construction, characterization, and dialogue--to tell dynamic and compelling true stories. In this course we will investigate craft aspects that are relevant in nonfiction and fiction such as establishing characters and a narrator's voice, building the spatial world and emotional tone of the narrative, and using structure to communicate what we want to say with the story or essay. This course will explore topics to help writers mine their lives and experiences for material in both genres. We will emphasize reading, writing, and critical thinking about narrative craft, operating on the philosophy that you must become a skilled critical reader to become a better writer. Students will study the work of a diverse range of established writers, respond to weekly writing prompts and exercises, and participate in several small group workshops leading to a longer narrative along with developing a writing habit founded on the knowledge that, as with any skill, good writing requires consistent practice and revision.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-Literature)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on JAN-28-2023
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