France, Paris

Creative Nonfiction: Crafting Personal Narratives

when 2 July 2018 - 19 July 2018
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 4 ECTS

This workshop gives students the opportunity to explore through their own writing an array of creative nonfiction forms. These can include memoir, travel writing, food and nature writing, and social essays. Assignments help students strengthen their ability to create the self as character, a first person narrator who becomes an engaging personality to lead the reader into the world of personal experiences and research. The course explores narrative structure, description, characterization, dialogue, and tension, all key elements in making writing spirited and appealing. Choice examples come from the works of M.F.K Fisher, Baldwin, Seth, Nin, Steinbeck, Dinesen, Sedaris, Didion, McPhee, Colette, Patti Smith, and Ondaatje, among others. Ultimately, students share their writing for peer critique in a supportive and constructive workshop environment. Creative nonfiction includes guest speakers and exercises in Paris. This workshop accommodates students who are both new to creative nonfiction writing or have taken workshops before but wish to continue developing their skills in the discipline.

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This workshop gives students the opportunity to explore through their own writing an array of creative nonfiction forms. These can include memoir, travel writing, food and nature writing, and social essays.

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