Finding Your Voice in Nonfiction

Schools of Public Engagement: Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Finding Your Voice Nonfiction

Fall 2020

Taught By: Candy Schulman

Section: A

CRN: 1654

Credits: 3

"Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't," wrote Mark Twain. His words have even more resonance today, when actual events are harder to believe than the inventions of a novelist. Nonfiction offers limitless creative possibilities for contemporary writers willing to observe our complex world and translate their experiences into dynamic prose full of insight and provocative ideas. This workshop is for writers of personal essays, memoirs, humor, travel, and op-ed pieces. Exercises and writing prompts are designed to foster a unique voice and style. The instructor offers guidance in using examples and anecdotes, incorporating dialogue, scene-setting, and other techniques common in fiction writing. All writers receive supportive critiques from their peers. For inspiration, we read and discuss exemplary work by Joan Didion, David Sedaris, Maureen Dowd, Zadie Smith, Leslie Jamison, and E.B. White. Print and online publishing markets are analyzed, with tips about submission strategies and marketing suggestions for publishable work. Prerequisite: a composition or basic writing class.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 14

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 11:55am 10/27/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 9/2/2020 - 12/16/2020