EAC617 - Creative Non-Fiction: The Art of Telling the Truth

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Subject Title
Creative Non-Fiction: The Art of Telling the Truth

Subject Description
Storytelling is not just used for fiction.  Creative Nonfiction is a relatively new genre of literature, and there are varied ways it is defined.  It can be called Literary Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction Imaginative Nonfiction or it can focus on journalism in the form of Literary Journalism, Narrative Journalism or Documentary.  Other sub-genres that may be included in the study of Creative Nonfiction include the Personal Essay, Personal Narrative or Literary Memoir.  In each of these cases, writers aim to select and shape the events and details in crafting a story or narrative.  The way the story is told can create meaning and the facts and the truth are told with an apparent and admitted subjectivity and purpose. This course will look at several kinds of nonfiction writing to examine the techniques authors use to tell a story while simultaneously entertaining and informing an audience.

Credit Status
One general education credit in the Arts & Humanities category

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the range and forms of writing referred to as Creative Nonfiction
  2. Explain the definition, history and development of Creative Nonfiction
  3. Understand the role of subjectivity in writing including perspective, bias, slant, and appreciate the differences between analysis, interpretation and opinion in Creative Nonfiction works.
  4. Identify the writer’s purpose and goals in a given piece of writing
  5. Recognize the themes, structures and literary devices used in Creative Nonfiction
  6. Formulate an analytical argument that analyzes and synthesizes readings and research
  7. Use accurate English grammar and essay structure

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