CNF 95 — Nonfiction Workshop: Bravery and the Blank Page
In this course, we’ll explore ways to create clarity in hard scenes, write about people from our lives in a balanced way, and say the things we’ve been holding back. We will read groundbreaking essays that confront hard truths about the world we live in from celebrated writers such as Jerald Walker, Eula Biss, and Cheryl Strayed. Weekly writing prompts will help you generate possibilities and write with conviction. These short writing exercises will become the starting point of a longer essay or book chapter. Throughout the course, you will share your work with other students in small-group workshops and will be able to select one short piece (up to 2,000 words) at the end of the course for instructor feedback.
This course is appropriate for writers of all levels. Because of the high enrollment capacity, students will not receive instructor feedback on weekly writing assignments. Some fee-based online readings may be assigned; more details will be provided prior to the first class.