Personal Essays: The Art and Craft of Narrative Nonfiction

Schools of Public Engagement: Writing Program

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Personal Essays
Spring 2023
Taught By: Jessie Sholl
Section: A

CRN: 9631

Credits: 3

In this course, we explore the personal essay in all its forms—including mini-memoirs, humorous observations, perspective-changing travel experiences, and opinion pieces. Through discussions, in-class exercises, critiques, and readings, we examine and experiment with the aspects of narrative craft—description, dramatic tension, pacing, tone, and voice—required to create vivid, true tales. We put these elements of craft to use in our own personal essays, which will be critiqued by the class in a supportive, constructive atmosphere. Suitable for writers of all levels, we also focus on techniques for mining memory, choosing the most vibrant details, and shaping your narrative so that it resonates beyond your personal story to make a larger point. And we work on building a creative writing routine, so you can not only make the most of this course, but also have a toolbox of prompts and exercises to return to whenever necessary.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:26am EST 1/27/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/9/2023