What is creative non-fiction? What are the differences between poetry and prose? How does creative reading inform what is called creative writing? Throughout the semester we will explore these questions and ideas through diverse reading and writing assignments, which cross and question genre distinctions. The course will explore non-fiction genres and will encourage students to experiment and explore strategies for new work. The first half of the semester we will focus on creative non-fiction including writing about people, places and inventive approaches to the essay. In our section on poetry we will explore the terrain between poetry and prose, translation, and other modes of this expansive genre.
The course will take the form of a reading and writing seminar. In class we will work on close reading and writing assignments as well as reviewing and discussing one another's work. A final manuscript of 12-15 revised pages will be required, with dates set throughout the semester to guide the final submission. Please note this course does not fulfill the writing requirement for College of Arts and Science students.