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EGL 139 — Irresistible Prose: A Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Apr 9—Jun 4
Time: 6:30 – 9:20 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 22
Units: 2
Tuition: $610
Instructor(s): Monica Wesolowska
Limit: 21
6:30 – 9:20 pm
Apr 9—Jun 4
9 weeks
Drop By
Apr 22
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.

This course is appropriate for writers of all experience levels.

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. She has published short fiction and nonfiction in many venues including The New York Times, and has a children’s picture book forthcoming. 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.