Section 2: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:45 PM

Professor: Jill Christman
In this creative nonfiction class we will focus on the techniques and art of the personal essay to explore how we think and why. Using our own memories, experiences, & perceptions as the lenses through which we record the world, we’ll prime our writing juices by crafting short creative responses to specific reading-inspired prompts, move on to a longer essay rooted in personal experience, and as the term progresses we’ll expand our scope to write about things beyond the self—other people, other objects, other places, other ways of being in the world. We’ll work on the nuts-and-bolts of the writing (research strategies, structure, point of view, storytelling, time-handling, language) as we tackle the big questions facing us:  What do I want to write about and why? What about memory and forgetting? What shape might best serve this essay? What does it mean to say something true?
Possible Texts: Tell It Slant; The Touchstone Anthology of Creative Nonfiction