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CNF 49 — To Tell the Truth: An Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 27—Dec 6
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 10
Units: 3
Tuition: $665
Instructor(s): Caroline Goodwin
Limit: 21
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 22
6:30—9:20 pm
Sep 27—Dec 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 10
3 Units
Caroline Goodwin
Please Note: No class on November 22
In this lively, hands-on course, students will have the opportunity to shape their own experiences into powerful stories. Using Alice LaPlante’s book The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing as our guide, we will read a variety of works by such writers as Joan Didion, Akhil Sharma, Bernard Cooper, and Ron Hansen. We will go through a step-by-step creative process to gain access to our own material and begin shaping our ideas into writing that is compelling and publishable. Whether you are just getting started or you have been writing for a while on your own and are ready to share your work with a community, in this course, you will find the structure and guidance that you need to write with confidence and intention. Bring a willingness to take creative risks and an open mind, and you will complete the course with a preliminary manuscript of twenty pages, a community of supportive writers, a new understanding of your own material and its potential, and a concrete plan for continuing to write well into 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 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 (ISBN 978-0393337082)
(Required) Michael Martone & Lex Williford, Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction (ISBN 978-1416531746)