In visual art good composition entails knowing what to show, how to show it, and how to arrange the chosen elements in order to present the most compelling image. Creative Nonfiction works in much the same way, drawing upon life, focusing the attention of the reader, and intentionally arranging information in order to frame a situation or idea to make the mundane profound and the extraordinary accessible. In this course we will practice writing strategies such as description, scene-building, and narration as we explore multiple creative nonfiction formats including personal essay, travel writing, lyric essay, literary journalism, and collage. Through examination of published work, writing prompts, and class workshops of participant work we will survey different writing forms and practice our craft as we work toward framing experiences as storytellers.
About the instructor
DANA KROOS grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and received an MFA in fiction from New Mexico State University and her PhD from the UH Creative Writing Program, where she was an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellow and was awarded the Inprint Joan and Stanford Alexander Prize in Fiction and the Inprint Donald Barthelme Prizes in Fiction and Nonfiction. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Glimmer Train, The Florida Review, Penumbra, The Superstition Review, Minnesota Monthly, and other literary publications. She has taught English and art courses at the university level for 15 years.
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