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CNF 61 W — Getting Started in Creative Nonfiction

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Dec 8
Drop Deadline: Sep 28
Units: 3
Tuition: $880
Instructor(s): Caroline Goodwin
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 20. Update: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/28 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 10/3 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Fall
Date(s)
Sep 25—Dec 8
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 28
3 Units
Fees
$880
Instructor(s):
Caroline Goodwin
Limit
17
Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 20. Update: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/28 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 10/3 at 5:00 pm (PT).
You’ve got a real story to tell and it’s time to get it down on the page. But how will you organize all that information into a piece of writing that will resonate with readers? What, exactly, will make your particular project shimmer and buzz with excitement? In this course, we will look closely at several different styles of creative nonfiction, with these two questions in mind. Using Alice LaPlante’s The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing as our guide, we will read and respond to pieces by such writers as Joan Didion, Bernard Cooper, and Barbara Ehrenreich. We will support one another’s efforts by working in groups of three to four students to build a lively, artistic online community. Through reading, writing, and videoconferencing, we will complete our own writing exercises with the goal of discovering the true hearts of our stories. Students can expect to leave this course with a clear and concrete writing plan, an understanding of creative nonfiction as an art form, and practical knowledge about where to take their nonfiction projects in the future.

Caroline Goodwin, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Caroline Goodwin’s poems and essays have been published in the New Republic, Junction Box, Puerto del Sol, PRISM international, and others. She is the author of the poetry collections Text Me, Ishmael, Trapline, Peregrine, and The Paper Tree. From 2014 to 2016, she served as San Mateo County’s first Poet Laureate. She received an MFA from the University of British Columbia.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Alice LaPlante, The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing (ISBN 978-0-393-33708-2)
(Required) Lex Williford and Michael Martone, Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present (ISBN 978-1-4165-3174-6)
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