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CNF 16 W — Creative Nonfiction: Tools of the Trade

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Dec 7
Drop Deadline: Sep 27
Units: 3
Tuition: $895
Instructor(s): Otis Haschemeyer
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 19. Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 10/2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Fall
Date(s)
Sep 24—Dec 7
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 27
3 Units
Fees
$895
Instructor(s):
Otis Haschemeyer
Limit
17
Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 19. Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 10/2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Creative nonfiction has two fundamental goals: to gather the dynamic world into stories, and to illuminate and change the reader. In this course—suitable for writers of all levels—we will focus on both of these goals and, more importantly, the connection between the two. We will generate ideas and conduct research, even into our own lives, moving step by step through this particular creative process. We will develop characters who inspire a sympathetic resonance with our audience. We will also sharpen our “narrative intention”—the dynamic scenes, engaging summary, and necessary parenthetical material that create depth and raise the stakes. Finally, we will try our hand at different kinds of narration, from distant perspective to close point of view. Above all, we will draw on the fundamental source of creative nonfiction’s power: the interplay between our interior world and the world that we share. Close examination of short selected readings and targeted exercises will focus on technique, the development of attentiveness, and literary generosity.

Otis Haschemeyer, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Otis Haschemeyer received a 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowship, the Richard J. Margolis Award in nonfiction, and the 2007 Missouri Review Editors’ Prize. His creative nonfiction, fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in Best New American Voices 2009, The Sun, The Rumpus, Barrow Street, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the American Alpine Journal, among others. He received a PhD from the University of Tennessee.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Lee Gutkind, The Best Creative Nonfiction (Vol. 3) 2009 (ISBN 978-0-393-33025-0)
(Required) Sherry Ellis, Write Now!: Nonficton (ISBN 978-1585427581)
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