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CNF 62 W — Creative Nonfiction: The Process Is Everything

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Mar 23
Drop Deadline: Jan 19
Units: 3
Tuition: $880
Instructor(s): Joshua Rivkin
Limit: 17
Status: Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 1/19 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 1/24 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Winter
Date(s)
Jan 16—Mar 23
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 19
3 Units
Fees
$880
Instructor(s):
Joshua Rivkin
Limit
17
Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 1/19 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 1/24 at 5:00 pm (PT).
"Writing is hard for every last one of us … Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.” This advice from Cheryl Strayed is true and necessary to be sure, but that doesn’t mean we have to do it alone. Where do we start digging? What do we do when we get stuck? How do we create a flexible and sustainable writing practice? Our focus will be on the writing process and taking risks in our writing and thinking, especially in the creative nonfiction genre. To inspire our work, we will practice close reading of great nonfiction books and essays by Rebecca Solnit, Maggie Nelson, Mary Ruefle, and many more. Each student will try a range of shorter writing assignments, including lyric and hybrid forms as well as more traditional creative nonfiction structures, all leading to a longer essay or nonfiction chapter. From generation to revision, this course will be a place to experiment and explore creative nonfiction in a supportive community.

Joshua Rivkin, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Joshua Rivkin’s work appears regularly in The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, and The Southern Review. He has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Houston, Stanford, and USC. He received a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a Fulbright fellowship to Italy, and a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation to conduct research for his first book of nonfiction, CHALK: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly, which is forthcoming. Rivkin received a PhD in literature and creative writing from USC.

Textbooks for this course:

The Situation and The Story: This book is strongly recommended. Students will read a portion of the book for class. I would recommend buying the whole book though they can just pay for the excerpt if they prefer.
(Required) Williford (Editor), Martone (Editor) , Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present (ISBN 1416531742)
(Required) Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost (ISBN 0143037242)
(Required) Maggie Nelson , Bluets (ISBN 1933517409)
(Recommended) Vivian Gornick, The Situation and The Story (ISBN 0374528586)
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