Suspenseful Storytelling in Nonfiction

Schools of Public Engagement: Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Suspenseful Storytelling

Spring 2021

Taught By: Jessie Sholl

Section: A

CRN: 2793

Credits: 3

Why are some memoirs and essays almost impossible to put down? Open to writers of all levels, we explore ways to create suspenseful, compelling, page-turning nonfiction. We discuss aspects of writing that help hook a reader—including dialogue, character, when to reveal crucial information, and how to bring about the correct level of uncertainty in a reader’s mind. We put these elements of craft to use in our own submissions. Each student has two opportunities to workshop an essay, chapter of a memoir-in-progress, or any other type of nonfiction in a supportive, constructive atmosphere. By the end of the course, students complete a compelling piece of writing that will have readers hooked.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

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: 3:16am 7/12/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

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