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CNF 61 W — Getting Started in Creative Nonfiction

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 23—Dec 6
Drop Deadline: Sep 26
Units: 3
Tuition: $910
Instructor(s): Caroline Goodwin
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 25

Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is September 26th at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is October 1st at 5:00 pm (PT).
Fall
Date(s)
Sep 23—Dec 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 26
3 Units
Fees
$910
Instructor(s):
Caroline Goodwin
Limit
17
Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 25

Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is September 26th at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is October 1st 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, Brian Doyle, 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. We will practice the art of being present for ourselves and one another with careful attention and informed critique. Students can expect to leave this course with a clear and concrete writing plan, an understanding of the different categories of creative nonfiction available to the contemporary writer, and practical knowledge about where to take their 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 elsewhere. She is the author of the poetry collections Trapline, Peregrine, The Paper Tree, and Custody of the Eyes, which is forthcoming. 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 978-0393337082)
(Required) Lex Williford and Michael Martone, The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction (ISBN 978-1416531746)
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