Section 1: Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:45 PM

Professor: Silas Hansen

This class will hone the skills you developed in ENG 306 to further study the craft of creative nonfiction, particularly various types of essays—personal narratives, investigations, collages, profiles, quests, etc. We will read a great deal–a combination of texts about creative nonfiction and examples of creative nonfiction, including essays by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Eula Biss, Joan Didion, James Baldwin, and others–and closely analyze these texts with a focus on craft. You will then practice and perfect these craft techniques through short writing exercises and complete essays (which will help you explore your own burning questions), which you will share in peer review/workshop and significantly revise.

Our readings will include numerous craft essays, essays published in literary magazines and anthologies, and 3-5 contemporary books of creative nonfiction. Assignments will include reading responses/quizzes, short writing exercises, essay drafts, and workshop critiques.