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Course Description

We all have a story to tell: your story might be the tale of how two young lovers tragically parted ways, or it might be the narrative of how your family first came to live in Canada. Ordinary – or extraordinary – it is time to learn how to discover, and tell, the story of your life.

Join this intensive writing workshop in which you will consider the various forms of creative nonfiction: memoir and life-writing, the personal essay and the lyric essay. An experienced writer will help you unearth the story you most need and want to tell. In this class you will also consider some of the ethical issues of writing from life: for example, how does a writer respectfully approach the telling of another individual’s story? As a group we will consider the particular challenges of shaping a story from life material: what to keep in, what to leave out and what we can embellish or change. Together we will read published examples of creative nonfiction and you will also create and workshop your own writing.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Read and respond to a variety of readings from published authors in the non-fiction genre examining some of its forms including short memoirs, humour, personal, lyric, and braided essays.
  • Identify the implicit challenges in writing true stories and the ethics of creative nonfiction
  • Apply various techniques and styles to frame a story
  • Use interviews to develop your story
  • Determine the difference between truth and fact
  • Appropriately choose what to reveal and what to avoid when writing about the lives of real people
  • Identify print and online publications for submitting creative nonfiction writing
  • Give and receive effective writing feedback
  • Expand your writing portfolio

Additional Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. You may take this as an individual course or choose to complete the Creative Writing Certificate.

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Workshop Discussion & Participation 30%
Essay, First Draft 30%
Essay, Second Draft 30%
Flash Non-Fiction 10%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partner

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Creative Non-Fiction
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Thursday
Time
6:30PM to 9:00PM
Dates
February 03, 2022 to March 24, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
20.0
Location
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee $549.00
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
Section Notes

This course will be delivered remotely on Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9 pm EST using CourseLink, your course website, and Zoom for live video conferencing. You will be required to participate in the live conferencing sessions each Thursday evening.

You will have access to CourseLink on Thursday, January 20, 2022, to download your course outline and begin your readings to prepare for the first Zoom live session. An orientation will be offered to students on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 6:30 pm EST. Further information will be provided after registration.

It is the student's responsibility to be sure you have the technical requirements to participate in this course including having available

  • Webcam (Built-in or USB plug-in)
  • Headset or a Microphone and Speaker (Built-in, wireless or USB plug-in)

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