Creative Nonfiction

September-October 2022. Slides available here.

In this faculty seminar, we will explore the multi-faceted genre of creative nonfiction, with a focus on developing writing projects for WR 120 and WR 15X courses. After an introductory discussion of the genre’s history and its flexibility, we will read and discuss specific sub-genres, including the personal essay, memoir, and literary journalism. We will consider how these sub-genres can incorporate source material, research, and how they can draw upon traditional, academic rhetorical modes, such as argument and analysis. We will also feature guest speakers, current practitioners of the genre within the CAS Writing Program who will share their expertise, present sample assignments, and participate in Q&A sessions. Instructors can expect to come away from this seminar with assignments in hand and professional models to help teach them.