Nonfiction: Writing From Personal Experience

Schools of Public Engagement: Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Nonfiction:Writing Fr Pers Exp

Spring 2021

Taught By: Nancy Kelton

Section: A

CRN: 7230

Credits: 1

Among the hallmarks of good writing, according to author/instructor, Nancy Davidoff Kelton, is self-revelation NOT self-absorption, which she describes as the difference between Ah Ha! and Oy Vey! If you want your writing to resonate and engage readers, this workshop gets you started and keeps you revealing your best self. The writing exercises, techniques, and inspiration tap into your experiences, memories, truths, and dreams. Advice is given on how to send your internal and external critics on sabbatical, establish a regular writing routine, avoid procrastination, and capture what you wish to express in your own voice. In-class and at-home writing exercises will open you up. Outside reading and marketing suggestions are given. Tip sheets will be handed out. Two to four in-class writing exercises with guided instruction for each are given both weeks. Between exercises, the following will be covered: 1. Word pictures: Pointers and techniques on how to show, dramatize, and bring readers into your world. Show and explain the differences between showing and telling using examples. 2. Two ways to get into a piece: a lead statement or going into the scene. Use examples. 3. The three components of a personal essay. 4. Three ways to put these components to work. 5. Dialogue: pointers and techniques on what dialogue should do. Share snippets. Suggest authors to read. 6. What to expect from an ending. Give examples.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A

Online Withdrawal Deadline: Varies

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five 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: 7:13pm 7/3/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Saturday

Times: 10:00am - 2:30pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 517

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/10/2021