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

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 13—Mar 17
Time: 6:30 – 9:20 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Jan 15
Units: 3
Tuition: $675
Instructor(s): Monica Wesolowska
Limit: 22
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Wednesdays
6:30 – 9:20 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jan 13—Mar 17
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 15
3 Units
Fees
$675
Instructor(s):
Monica Wesolowska
Limit
22
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
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 all this 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, Annie Proulx, and Mohsin Hamid. 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 is an independent editor.

Textbooks for this course:

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