Course DescriptionSometimes the best stories are true. To help you turn your personal experiences, anecdotes from everyday life, and family stories into compelling narratives, this workshop teaches beginning writers the basic elements of good storytelling. You learn how to excavate memories and discover fresh or unexpected facets of your life stories. Through weekly exercises, you generate new material and learn an array of fictional techniques to tell your nonfiction story, including how to play with voice, focus on a small unit of time, and describe landscape and character. By the course's completion, you will have in hand a series of short sketches or a draft of a nonfiction piece.
Course OutlineLearn the basics of writing nonfiction in this short introductory course
Learner OutcomesLearn the basic elements of good storytelling
Excavate memories and discover fresh aspects of life stories
Generate new writing through weekly exercises and prompts
Course may be taken to satisfy core (Beginning) units in the Creative Nonfiction Certificate Program, or as an elective in either fiction/creative nonfiction certificate.
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Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Study Abroad at UCLA Program : Required