This course is a study of the art of narrative nonfiction through reading and writing. Narrative nonfiction is a form of “creative nonfiction” in which narrative – a story – supplies the structure and energy for the text, and the work is crafted with literary art. Narrative nonfiction is distinct from expository nonfiction and the lyrical essay, and is also very different from daily journalism.
We’ll focus on American writers and writings between World War II and today. We’ll do reverse engineering on the texts, reading with a sharp eye for professional techniques, and we’ll put the techniques to work in creative writing assignments.