Creative Non-Fiction: Personal Essay

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INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Hanly

SECTION: U06

SCHEDULE: Tuesday 2:00PM – 4:45PM

Course Description

. This is a course where you are asked to write the stories that only you know. Writing is the closest thing to magic that I know. Nobody can pin down how precisely a story comes to a writer. But come they do — sometimes as a memory that won’t let one go; sometimes only as a vague nudge. This course in non-fiction asks students to dig into their own experience, letting the stories that only they know come to them, then finding the best ways to put them down on paper. In the process, one begins to honor one’s own experience in unexpected ways. This I can promise. By the end of the course students recognize the stories all around them, as well as the poignancy of many of those stories. Not incidentally students write with more clarity, power and confidence.

Although this is a face to face course, the instructor may occasionally video conference into class.

Students will learn to:

  • Recognize the stories all around them, as well as the poignancy of many of those stories. Not incidentally students write with more clarity, power and confidence.