E513C – Form and Technique in Modern Literature: Essay
Description: This reading and discussion class explores a wide variety of contemporary literary nonfiction books and shorter forms and focuses on the writer’s point of view—specifically on questions such as:
- How did the writer accomplish the structure of this work?
- How might you do this, too?
- How do voice, plotting, characterization, and other techniques typical of the fiction writer help develop themes in nonfiction?
- What kinds of research are needed to help create a credible story?
This class might look at personal essays and any number of creative nonfiction books in the following genres or areas of interest: memoir, nature or environmental writing, science, travel, anthropology, immersion reporting, history.