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 OutcomesBy the end of this course you will:
- Discuss the challenges inherent in writing true stories and the ethics of creative non-fiction.
- Examine various techniques and styles to frame the story and identify the compelling narrative to write.
- Read and respond to a variety of readings.
- Practice how to respectfully critique your colleague’s creative work
- Participate in weekly writing exercises to develop a small portfolio of work.
- Create two creative non-fiction writing examples.
- Discussing Creative non-fiction in its many forms including short memoir, humour, personal, lyric, collage and braided essays.
- Identifying the compelling story to write.
- Exploring the challenges of writing true stories
- Turning yourself into a character.
- Using literary techniques to craft your story.
- Explore narrative possibilities in writing your story.
- How to use point of view for a compelling read.
- Identifying structure, story arc and non-traditional structures.
- Using interviews to develop your story.
- Examine the use of artifacts in writing creative non-fiction.
- Discuss ethics in writing true stories.
- How to choose what to reveal and what to avoid in writing about the lives of real people and those close to you.
- Determine the difference between truth and fact.
- Identify print and online publications to submit creative non-fiction writing.
- Discuss giving a public reading.
Additional RequirementsThis course is available to everyone, there are no prerequisites. It counts as an elective course in the Creative Writing Certificate.
|Workshop Discussion & Participation||30%|
|Essay, First Draft||30%|
|Essay, Second Draft||30%|
Please note assessment items and item weights are subject to change.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Creative Writing Certificate : Electives