Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Course Description

Our creative nonfiction course will consider what nonfiction means, especially in light of the complication that what is true, i.e., what is not fiction, might be entirely subjective.

By reading as writers, identifying (and experimenting with) genre tropes, and writing, we’ll explore several varieties of creative nonfiction—lyric, history, film, music, and memoir. Our assigned readings are meant to illustrate and inspire, but as much as we may admire them, we will test all that we read to see what is useful and what’s otherwise. We’ll apply a similarly rigorous approach to our own writing. In addition to two essays, you will write responses to “in notebook” and other syllabus prompts. We will share our writing (you will always write for an audience other than me). Finally, you’ll assemble a portfolio.

Take Risks. That’s the license “creative” gives. Nonfiction is a ground, but need not be any more limiting than its counterpart, fiction.

During this course you will:

• Strengthen your writing skills
• Improve your critical reading skills
• Consider ethics
• Broaden your notion of what creative nonfiction means
• Improve your idea generation & follow-through


Beyond enthusiasm for creative writing, there are no prerequisites.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 18, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 12:15P-3:05P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Adam Golaski
Course Number: 10193