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.
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Fall Semester informationSamuel Autman
322A: Nonfiction Topics: The Memoir Essay
"Memoir, obviously, has to do with memory, and though that might mean writing about an event in one's childhood, it is well worth remembering that you are by no means so limited," writes Dinty Moore in Crafting The Personal Essay. His definition serves as an apt description for this course. In it students will write four personal essays to be read and critiqued by peers with an eye toward improvement. Openness to discovering what the story is about is key to writing successful personal essays. (Students can expect to pay between $20 and $25 for photocopying fees. There is no book.)