Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction

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Consider this: non-fiction is the only genre out of four (the remaining three being poetry, fiction prose, and drama) that is named for what it's not. The root of the word "poetry" goes back to Greek and Sanskrit words for "to make" and "to assemble." Drama means "to act," "to do." Fiction and "to feign" are closely related words with the same root. You can fabricate stories and situations in verse or prose; in creative nonfiction you avoid fabricating stuff, and have to rely on a combination of research, memory, and reflection. In this class, we will explore the unique ability of non-fiction to chart not only the inner life of an individual, but also all the surprising ways in which people relate to one another, in time-and-locale-specific settings. We'll read and emulate some of the best examples of the genre.

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