New Forms in Creative Nonfiction
WRITING X 424.9E
Discover rich writing prompts from your daily life in this course designed to spark creativity and inspire new work.
What you can learn.
- Find inspiration in lists, recipes, emails, historical documents, and more
- Read work by professional writers inspired by found texts
- Add depth to current and future work with strategies explored in class
- Invigorate fiction and nonfiction with these special techniques
About this course:
Have you ever wondered what story your "to do" list might tell about your life? Have you ever had the urge to write a short story based on diary entries--either yours or another's? In this course, you explore the richness of "found texts" in the world and discover ways to incorporate them into your fiction and nonfiction writing projects. You engage in a series of writing exercises designed to get you working with a variety of texts, including advertisements, "to do" lists, emails, recipe collections and menus, historical documents, social media texts, timelines, and diaries. Short weekly reading assignments illustrate inventive ways that writers in different genres have made use of found texts. Lorrie Moore has used a "how to" guide in her work, Jennifer Egan incorporated a PowerPoint presentation in her novel, and Laura Esquivel framed her book with recipes. How will you use found texts to enrich your own writing? By the end of the course, you learn to incorporate found texts in your storytelling to give it more depth, edge, invention, and nuance. The course goal is to complete a short story, personal essay, or a chapter of your novel or memoir that makes use of one or more found texts.