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Creative Non-Fiction

Course NumberENG 256
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or permission of instructor. Requires students to draw on personal experiences and viewpoints to produce a range of writing, and read and respond to published works of creative nonfiction. Includes reading memoirs, autobiographies, journals, essays, and other subjective literary forms. Emphasizes both generating and revising writing. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Generate personal writing, i.e. creative nonfiction.
  1. Write personally about a range of subject matter.
  2. Write creative nonfiction in a variety of forms, e.g. memoir, familiar essay, journal.
  3. Write personally using a range of devices, e.g. controlled imagery, focus statements, self-editing.

Revise personal writing.
  1. Rewrite effectively by using such devices as sharpening, combining sentence/paragraphs, developing a written "voice."
  2. Apply techniques of revising and editing to self-created writing as well as to the writing of others.

Interact productively with classmates and instructor for the purpose of increasing writing skills.
  1. Give and receive verbal and written responses to personal writing.
  2. Apply the concept that writing is both an individual and collaborative activity by generating and editing material that shows changes based on comments from others.

Interpret, analyze, and evaluate a range of creative nonfiction.
  1. Identify elements of particular pieces of literary nonfiction, e.g. tone, point of view, imagery.
  2. Interpret individual works of nonfiction, e.g. memoir, essays, autobiographies.
  3. Evaluate creative nonfiction using both subjective and external standards.

Develop writing confidence
  1. Generate and revise a body of creative nonfiction.
  2. Use verbal and written feedback constructively.
  3. Evaluate progress in attitudes toward writing.

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