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CNF 63 W — A Ticket to the Truth: Getting Started in Creative Nonfiction

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Feb 14—Mar 18
Refund Deadline: Feb 17
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Joshua Rivkin
Limit: 125
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Feb 14—Mar 18
5 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 17
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Joshua Rivkin
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth but into it. —Alexander Chee

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.

Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Joshua Rivkin is the author of two books, Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly and Suitor: Poems. His work appears regularly in The New Yorker, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. He received a PhD in literature and creative writing from USC.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.