Course Content and Outcome Guide for WR 248
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- WR 248
- Course Title:
- Adv Creative Writing-Nonfict
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Course DescriptionExtends the introduction of creative nonfiction and the writing of essays using creative techniques, such as personal narrative, memoir, nature and travel writing, and literary journalism. Explores the works of established writers for forms, techniques and styles as a context for the production of creative nonfiction for class discussion and analysis. Prerequisite: WR 240 or instructor permission. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
*Read a wide range of established creative nonfiction writers to learn techniques demonstrated in their work.
*Employ creative writing techniques drawn from fiction, poetry, and scriptwriting, such as characterization, setting, descriptive detail, concreteness, dialogue, flashbacks, juxtaposition, metaphor, voice, tone, formality and informality; alternate narrative summary and scene.
*Engage subjects by participating directly in the action being written about, such as by doing indepth in-person interviews or designing an experience, and then pursuing the experience with the foreknowledge that the experience will constitute the basis of an essay.
*Employ critical thinking and problem-solving techniques to critique others' essays constructively and use criticism of their own essays and self-reflection to revise their own essays for publication.
*Engage in the local writing scene, becoming familiar with creative nonfiction websites, awards, readings, workshops, and publication opportunities, and submit manuscripts for publication or performance.
Course Activities and Design
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Narrative voice and distance
Scene vs. summary
Point of view: first, second, third person
Segmented, or associative structure
Sources of material: personal experience, interview, research using resources online, in print and in person (interviews), walking the ground, meditation and reflection
Elements which create a pieces voice: metaphors, images, choice of dialogue to quote, quality of reflection, humor, irony, allusion, symbol
Methods of handling time: flashbacks, frames, juxtaposition and interweaving, straight and reverse chronology
Writing as a process
Close reading and analysis
Paraphrasing and quoting
Audience, Purpose, and Occasion
The following items are intended as descriptions of instructors choices of texts in the past as an aid to choosing texts in the future. This is not intended as a prescribed or recommended list of texts.
- DAgata, John. The Next American Essay.
- Iversen, Kristen. Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction.
- [Current Editor] Best American Essays [particular year].
- Loughery, John. The Eloquent Essay: An Anthology of Classic & Creative Nonfiction.
- Tisdale, Sallie. Stepping Westward: The Long Search for Home in the Pacific Northwest.