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Courses - Spring 2023
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Writing Non-Fictional Narratives
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Approaches nonfiction narrative-a kind of writing influenced by fiction, magazine journalism, memoir, and personal essay--as a form of professional writing used in publishing and a range of careers involving proposal writing, work documentation, lobbying, social marketing, and political commentary, among others. Students learn to use many of the same tools as fiction writers, such as dialogue, vivid description, developing characters, nonlinear structure, and shifts in tense, time, and points of view. They also learn how to edit their own work as well as that of their peers, doing multiple revisions of the major assignments for a final portfolio. Major assignments include essays targeted to specific publications, query letters, audience analysis, and a publisher analysis.
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course satisfies the professional writing requirement.