Personal Essays: The Art and Craft of Narrative Nonfiction

Schools of Public Engagement: Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Personal Essays

Spring 2022

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 - Asynchronous

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* 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: 4:32pm 9/27/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 1/24/2022 - 5/16/2022