CNF 63 W — A Ticket to the Truth: Getting Started in Creative Nonfiction
Do you have an abundance of ideas and stories to tell but have trouble getting them down on paper? In this course, you will work on a series of writing exercises designed to get you going on the road to writing your own creative nonfiction. Every other weekday, you will receive a nonfiction prompt with the goal of writing 250 to 500 words. These short writing exercises can become the building blocks for either longer essays or chapters of a longer project. From writing great scenes to building innovative structures and trying radical revisions, you will work on multiple skills in a short amount of time. Alongside these writing prompts, we will read essays by such writers as Joan Didion, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, and Lacy M. Johnson as inspiration. You will receive feedback from other students in small-group workshops, and you will be able to select one short piece a week for instructor feedback. Weekly lessons and discussions on craft as well as readings of the best contemporary nonfiction being published today will inspire and deepen your knowledge. Throughout this course, you will find a supportive writing community, innovative prompts, engaging example essays, and daily accountability.
This course is appropriate for both newer writers and those who want to further develop their practice. Because of the high enrollment capacity, the majority of feedback on work will come from fellow classmates.