CNF 03 W — Creative Nonfiction, Book III: Turning Manuscripts into the Gift of Story
In this course, we will consider the issues of world building, as well as the creation of an inviting and authentically “vulnerable” voice, one that allows the reader to identify and participate in the journey of story. We’ll also look at the necessity of escalating and deepening the“duration of struggle” in the middle to prepare for the story’s culmination. Finally, we will look at strategies to deliver on the story’s promise, the key to readerly satisfaction.
The second section of the course will feature intensive workshopping of longer sections of work, as well as a look at the book proposal process. The purpose of our stories is to facilitate change and growth, for our characters, for our readers, and for ourselves—to take us all from one state to another. The outcome? We’ll never look at the world the same way again.
Although the time commitment for an online writing
course is dependent upon one’s degree of participation,
students should plan on investing four to six hours per
week in order to gain substantial benefit from the course.
This is the third “book” of the three-quarter sequence “The Creative Nonfiction Book,” providing invaluable instruction and a supportive community for those who want to write a book of creative nonfiction. Creative nonfiction is a fast-growing genre that includes memoir, essays, biography, and writing on such topics as art, science, and history. In the Winter, students explored creating a plan for success. In the Spring, students expanded on the initial idea. In the Summer, students will focus on building a world and creating an inviting voice for their book. While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.