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Spring 2020
Feb 24, 2020
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ENGL 452 - Advanced Non-Fiction Writing
This workshop is designed for those with a genuine interest in studying and crafting long-form nonfiction prose. All nonfiction writers submit facts to the resources of language; sometimes it seems that the best writers of literary nonfiction—essayists such as Didion and McPhee, for example--shape their language under pressure of facts. This course will offer exercises in critical elements of nonfiction writing—close observation, description, voice, tone, story--as well as the opportunity to do extended research and writing on a subject that interests you. One subject that will necessarily interest all of us is the question of what it means to define an essay as “long-form.” Together, we’ll try to unpack that term, moving beyond physical attributes of volume and weight to consider what digital media scholar Alan Liu frames as sustained “forms of attention” (2014). While the course will include readings in the history of the genre and a sampling of contemporary essays and essayists, the workshop will focus on writing produced by the class. Workshop sessions will engage participants as both writers and close, critical readers. *It is recommended that students will have completed at least one introductory level creative writing course before enrolling in the advanced workshop.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

English Department

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