Creative Nonfiction 101 — Syllabus

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction: What is Creative Nonfiction? The difference between articles and essays. The role of the angle. Imagination in nonfiction writing.

Focus: Feature articles.

Characters in Nonfiction: Transforming flesh-and-blood people into characters in a story. Using angles to define characters. Using character sketches to craft angles.

Focus: Profiles.

Being Subjective: The art of description in nonfiction. When to be subjective. How to be opinionated but fair.

Focus: Reviews.

Sense of Place in Nonfiction: Setting descriptions. Finding and re-creating the mood. Use of observation. The difference between travel articles and travel essays.

Focus: Travel writing.

Personal Narratives: Differences between forms of personal narrative. Structure of essays vs. articles. Use of reflection and point of view.

Focus: Personal essay.

The Life of the Writer: Drawing from your own life for your stories. Making room in your life for storytelling. Persistence and perseverance.

Focus: Memoir writing.

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.