Instructor: Haak MWF 11:15 AM – 12:10 PM
Flannery O’Connor said, “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” Writing, then, is more than a means of communicating with others, but also a mode of thinking. We write to better understand truths about ourselves, the world, and the human condition. Nonfiction is one mode of seeking these truths, whether these be universal or daily. The news, articles, and even social media posts people read every day are all examples of nonfiction works; they are essays with unique voices from a broad spectrum of perspectives. Each offers a lens through which we can view (and therefore understand) our world. Each contributes to the fabric of our lives.
In this class, students will become acquainted with the extensive genre of literary (creative) nonfiction, primarily through the process of his/her/their own writing. Students will foster these skills by studying the work of established writers in the genre, responding to weekly writing prompts, and keeping a daily writing journal. Students will form a creative writing habit with the understanding that, as with any skill, good writing requires consistent practice and revision. Skills acquired in this course will help students to write more effectively across all disciplines.