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EGL 139 — Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Something in Between: A Writing Workshop

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Apr 10—Jun 5
Time: 6:30 – 9:20 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 23
Units: 2
Tuition: $630
Instructor(s): Monica Wesolowska
Limit: 21
Status: Open
6:30 – 9:20 pm
Apr 10—Jun 5
9 weeks
Drop By
Apr 23
2 Units
Monica Wesolowska
This course begins with the idea that fiction and creative nonfiction writers can learn important storytelling skills from each other. Some of those skills include developing memorable characters, incorporating effective dialogue, creating evocative imagery, observing the world for just the right facts and details, and bringing it all together in a vividly irresistible prose style. In this course, we will study a variety of tools in the toolboxes of successful fiction and nonfiction writers. In addition, we will talk about strategies for finding the truth in your own writing and the ethics of blurring the boundary between genres. We will read a wide variety of work by such writers as Maxine Hong Kingston, James Baldwin, Vladimir Nabokov, and Aleksandar Hemon. Weekly writing exercises will expand your craft, voice, and style. By the end of the course, you will have a revised draft of fiction, nonfiction, or something in between, as well as a new understanding of the storytelling strategies available when you tackle any future writing project. All levels of writers—in fiction and nonfiction—are welcome.

Monica Wesolowska, Author; Editor

Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, which was named a Best Book of 2013 by The Boston Globe. Her essays and short stories have appeared in many venues including The New York Times. A former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she has taught at UC Berkeley Extension since 2002 and also runs an independent editing business.

Textbooks for this course:

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