A reporter's notebook

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction


This course was available in the past and may be presented again as part of the Open Enrollment curriculum.

While the words “creative” and “nonfiction” might seem an odd pairing, the combination is rooted in a long tradition of telling stories, making personal observations and employing a variety of literary techniques to communicate facts. You’ll read, analyze and discuss the works of contemporary creative nonfiction writers. You’ll study research and reporting techniques, and learn about the use of scenes, dialogue and observation to create your own stories, which will be workshopped by fellow students. We’ll discuss craft and narrative approaches, as well as point of view, tone and style. There will be in-class and outside of class reading and writing assignments.

Course Outline

Course Syllabus



Deadline for Online Registration: Thursday, September 22 at 5 pm CT

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