Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing

Marissa K. Landrigan, Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing, Spring 2016

Course Description:

An advanced writing course designed to hone creative nonfiction writing skills through extensive writing, workshop style peer critiques, and in-depth reading. Several of the sub genres of creative nonfiction will be studied and practiced: memoir, personal essay, nature writing, travel writing, science writing, biographical profile, and historical incident. Accurate description, scenic representation, and narrative framing will be among the technical devices considered. Prerequisite: ENGWRT 0050 or 0053.

Required Texts:

-Best American Science & Nature Writing 2015, ed Rebecca Skloot
-The Tarball Chronicles: A Journey Beyond the Oiled Pelican and Into the Heart of the Gulf Oil Spill by David Gessner
-On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss
-A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka by Meera Subramanian
-Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett
-Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Marissa K. Landrigan, Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing, Spring 2013

Course Description:

An advanced writing course designed to hone creative nonfiction writing skills through extensive writing, workshop style peer critiques, and in-depth reading. Several of the sub genres of creative nonfiction will be studied and practiced: memoir, personal essay, nature writing, travel writing, science writing, biographical profile, and historical incident. Accurate description, scenic representation, and narrative framing will be among the technical devices considered. Prerequisite: ENGWRT 0050 or 0053.

Required Texts:

-Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction, ed. Judith Kitchen

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