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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 149.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
ENG 149 1 course

Fall Semester information

Samuel Autman

322A: Tps:Reading and Writing Queer Memoir

In our framework "Queer" serves as an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities that are neither heterosexual or nor cisgender, and harkens back to its pejorative references from the 19th and 20th centuries. "Memoirs" are personal written narratives. In this class students will read queer texts from the 18th, 19th and 20th century with an eye on writing their own memoir essay. Participants need not identify as queer but should come with a hunger and openness to read and write in a nonfiction workshop context. Intro to Creative Writing or a demonstrated equivalent is required.

Fall Semester information

Samuel Autman

322A: Creative Nonfiction:Topics: The Brief Essay

How much can you say in one thousand words? A lot, it turns out. This course requires that students employ the precision of a poet and yet think expansively like an essayist, a brief essayist. While flash nonfiction is enjoying a renaissance in creative writing, it has been a tool at essayists' fingertips for centuries. In this class students will push themselves to write fully bodied essays in a small amount a space. This course draws inspiration from Dinty W. Moore, founder of Brevity http://brevitymag.com/ and DePauw's 2019 visiting distinguished professor of creative writing for the spring semester.

Gregory Schwipps

322B: Creative Nonfiction Topics: Nature Writing

Creative nonfiction, like fiction or poetry, is a type of creative writing. As such, it uses the tools of the creative writer: figurative language (similes, metaphors), dialogue, flashbacks, scenes, frames -- in short, tools that increase the dramatic effect of a piece of writing. Various types of creative nonfiction exist: personal essays, articles, travel accounts, profiles, memoirs and narrative histories. Not every Introduction to Creative Writing course covers creative nonfiction, so we will read quite a bit to gain a sense of the genre and its possibilities. Class discussions over the reading material should provide insight into your own writing options. But, as a writing course, much of our class time will be spent workshopping the written work of your peers. Not everything you write will be workshopped; some projects you will want to keep fairly private. However, we will utilize the workshop for two of the five projects. We will work in class to understand the business of writing, and you will write query letters to learn how to sell your writing ideas. As a nature writing course, all of our assignments will connect, somehow, to the natural world.

Spring Semester information


322A: Crtv Non-Fiction: Topics