Creative Writing: Introduction to Nonfiction Prose

English 1520
Body and Identity in Nonfiction
Section 01
Mikey Borgard
12:00PM - 12:50PM

In this course, we will cultivate fundamental nonfiction writing and reading skills through the lenses of body and identity. Nonfiction is an integral part of how we make sense of the world and our existence within it. We will learn to engage with, analyze, and create various short creative nonfiction writing forms, including the personal essay, memoir, and literary journalism. The course's aim is to help students build foundational tools and methodologies for the understanding and writing of creative nonfiction narratives, equipping us with the basic vocabulary of the genre and the knowledge of various elements of craft (e.g. point of view, narrative voice, and description). The heart of our coursework will be experimentation with creative writing prompts, the workshop of peer submissions, engagement in discussions about craft, and the examination of published nonfiction. The course will use an instructional craft text supplemented by examples of published creative nonfiction works. We will explore how authors discuss bodies and identities at various times and in various cultures. At the end of the semester, students will submit a writing portfolio that includes one revised, original work.