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CNF 56 W — Creative Nonfiction: Finding Your Voice, Finding Your Book

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Mar 29—Jun 4
Refund Deadline: Apr 1
Units: 3
Tuition: $910
Instructor(s): Joshua Rivkin
Limit: 20
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Mar 29—Jun 4
10 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 1
3 Units
Joshua Rivkin
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
This course will offer the first steps toward writing your first creative nonfiction book. By exploring the craft of nonfiction, from brainstorming and research to structure and revision, students will leave the course with a project proposal for a longer nonfiction project. We will spend the first five weeks of the class reading and discussing notable creative nonfiction works. From collections of essays to lyric meditations to research-driven books, we will talk about the range of book-length options available to us as nonfiction writers. At the same time, students will complete several shorter writing assignments to jumpstart their imagination and build their chops. The second half of the course will build on these shorter pieces and conversations. Students will write and workshop longer nonfiction pieces. We will end the course by developing project proposals for a book-length nonfiction project. Along the way, we will build a community of supportive and thoughtful readers. Whether you have just started writing or have been writing for years, this course will get you on your way to writing your first creative nonfiction book.

Joshua Rivkin, 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:

(Required) Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel (ISBN 1328764524)
(Required) Carmen Maria Machado, In the Dream House (ISBN 1644450038)
(Required) Vivian Gornick, The Situation and The Story (ISBN 0374528586)