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ENG 322

Creative Writing II: Nonfiction Topics

This course will explore a specific genre of nonfiction in depth. Class will operate as an advanced writing workshop that uses master works as models and inspiration. Offerings might include profiles, travel writing, personal essays, reviews, memoir, nature writing or literary nonfiction. Prerequisite: ENG 201.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
ENG 201 1 course

Fall Semester information

Jeannie Vanasco

322A: Creative Nonfiction Tps: The Lyric Essay

An advanced course in reading for writers, critical analysis of techniques of the lyric essay, and intensive creative writing. Discussions will address how the lyric essay creates an artistic space that welcomes other genres (poetry, fiction, journalism, drama, song, and film), and how truth and fact function within it. Students will be asked to analyze the readings closely, and to write short essays based on imitations of the style, structure, syntax, and narrative devices found in the readings. The final creative project is a lyric essay of approximately 3,000-5,000 words. Texts may include: Virginia Woolf's Moments of Being, Eula Biss' No Man's Land, Claudia Rankine's Citizen, Karen Green's Bough Down, Maggie Nelson's Bluets, Sarah Manguso's Two Kinds of Decay, Anne Carson's NOX, Hilton Als' The Women, Wayne Koestenbaum's Humiliation, Kevin Young's The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, Charles Simic's Dime-Store Alchemy, and Annie Ernaux's Shame.