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Creative Writing: Personal Essays And Creative Non-fiction

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This course in creative writing offers practice and criticism in the reading, analysis, and composition of personal essays and nonfiction.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Form and Theory

    • Explain the relationship between truth and the nonfiction writer’s perspective.
    • Demonstrate the use of scenes in organizing a story and building reader tension.


    • Describe the goals of the creative personal essay form.
    • Demonstrate the balance between dramatization and explanation in a creative essay form.
    • Analyze a piece of literature from a writer’s perspective.
    • Explain the challenges and benefits of writing essays intended to be read aloud.


    • Demonstrate techniques for shifting back and forth in time within a narrative.
    • Explore the challenges of writing oneself as a character in a memoir.
    • Describe the ethical issues involved in writing memoirs.

    Literary Journalism

    • Describe the role that interviews play in scene development for literary journalism.
    • Demonstrate the role of archival research in writing about past events.
    • Differentiate between traditional news journalism and literary journalism.

    Revision and Publishing

    • Identify strategies for critiquing one’s own writing during the revision process.
    • Demonstrate the ability to substantially revise a work of short creative nonfiction.
    • Explain how and where to publish creative nonfiction.
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