In this course, creative nonfiction writers will explore traditional storytelling methods, especially those which overlap between fiction and memoir. By looking at examples from a wide range of genres, including film, song, painting—even the theme music for Jaws!—we’ll practice exercising the creative muscle that sees ourselves as characters and the experiences we’ve had as tales. We’ll focus on critical elements, like how to begin a story, what makes for worthy content, the essential use of detail, the strengths and limits of dialogue, the power of the white space. The ultimate goal is for us to become aware of an “audience” when we write, so that the documentation of our lives will begin to resemble a “performance” crafted onto paper rather than a private entry in a journal.
This course is part of the Memoir and Personal Essay: Write About Yourself Specialization
About this Course
Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand. With our distinctive scholar-teacher culture, creative programming, and commitment to interdisciplinary learning, Wesleyan challenges students to explore new ideas and change the world. Our graduates go on to lead and innovate in a wide variety of industries, including government, business, entertainment, and science.
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TOP REVIEWS FROM WRITING STORIES ABOUT OURSELVES
Wonderful Assignments Creative and enriching. I now think I can learn how to write. Before the class I felt I would never be a writer.
This class series was clearly presented and I learned a great deal that I will take with me and continue to used to improve my writing.
Said is an incredible teacher. He speaks with such insight and passion. Inspiring.
Overall good, but not as effective as expected. More contents were needed.
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