Workshop in Creative Nonfiction

Open—Fall

This workshop is for students who want to explore a variety of nonfiction forms.  The coursework will progress from short, weekly writing assignments to longer ones, including a final piece that students will develop in conference with the instructor.  The writing assignments will take their cues from the readings, exemplary works in a variety of nonfiction forms by writers such as Jamaica Kincaid, Joan Didion, David Foster Wallace, Anne Carson, and James Baldwin, among others.  We will learn to read as writers, write as readers, and, where relevant, to draw connections between writing and other creative fields, such as music and film.  Each student’s final portfolio will reflect a significant amount of rewriting.  Students will also keep a journal of their reading, which they will discuss in conference meetings.